Oct 21, 2020
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The authorities can reduce funding for youth policy

The draft budget for 2021-2022 implies a reduction in funding for youth policy in the Russian Federation, but earlier expenditures increased. Analysts attributed this to the general sequestration of unprotected articles and the adjustment of government priorities.

Over the next two years, spending on youth policy in the Russian Federation will be reduced by 12% compared to the budget law for 2020 and the planning period of 2021–2022. This follows from the draft federal budget for 2021–2023 submitted by the Cabinet of Ministers to the State Duma. Document published on the website of the Russian government.

In 2021, funding for the program “Development of additional education for children and implementation of youth policy measures” may be reduced by 8.5%, in 2022 – by 15.7%. It is part of the State Education Development Project. In addition to youth policy, the program implies support for various types of education – preschool, professional and others.

On the eve it became known that the Ministry of Finance sent to the Security Council a draft reform of the armed forces with proposals to optimize costs. One of the proposed measures is a 10% reduction in the number of military personnel, which corresponds to the elimination of about 100,000 posts. The reduction is proposed to be carried out using free vacancies. Also, for some of the military personnel, transfer to civil service is provided. We are talking about those who are not associated with the implementation of combat missions: doctors, teachers, personnel officers, financiers, lawyers and logisticians.

In addition, two initiatives of the Ministry of Finance concern military pensions. First, it is proposed to exclude from the legislation the norm on the annual increase in the military pension by 2% above the inflation rate. Secondly, it is proposed to increase the length of service required for calculating a pension to 25 years. Moreover, they want to exclude years of study at a military university from this period.

Earlier reported that the Ministry of Labor of the Russian Federation is going to adjust the total fertility rate and the fertility rate in certain age groups in 2020. In addition, the department plans to change the birthrate in 2021-2023, said Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Russia Elena Mukhtiyarova during a meeting of the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes.


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