Report: Russian President Signs Decree to Cut Number of Federal Officials
Published January 03, 2011
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reportedly signed a decree on Monday reducing the number of federal officials by 20 percent until 2013.
According to the decree by the Kremlin press service, the number of federal officials will be reduced by 5 percent in 2011 and 2012 and by 10 percent in 2013.
The number of federal officials in Russia nearly doubled in the past five years, from roughly 600,000 in 2005 to more than 1.1 million in 2010, RIA Novosti reports.
The move could save up to $1.3 billion from Russia's federal budget, according to the website.