The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has found it legal to provide subsidies for the purchase of housing to Russian officials who already have their own apartments. This is stated in the response of the department to the appeal of the Yabloko Center for Anti-Corruption Policy.
The government decree made an exception in the rules for high-ranking officials, the Prosecutor General’s Office stressed.
According to the document, subsidies can be received by civil servants in positions of the category “leaders” and “assistants (advisers)” of the highest group of positions as “increasing motivation for the effective performance of their duties.”
The CAP experts insist on the “corruptogenicity” of this norm.
Since 2012, about 650 Russian civil servants have received housing subsidies, Important Stories and Transparency International Russia found out . Among those who took advantage of the subsidy as needy, while owning expensive real estate, are Minister of Education Sergei Kravtsov and Deputy Minister of Sports Odes Baysultanov.