The government has supported increased funding parties for 2 billion rubles.

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The government supported a parliamentary bill to increase state funding of parliamentary parties from 110 to 152 rubles per voice (RUB 2 billion). The state Duma plans to pass a law during the week, told RBC sources

The government supported the bill deputies about increase of state funding of parties, received following the results of elections to the state Duma not less than 3% of the vote. About it told RBC two participants of the meeting of the government Commission on legislative activities, held on 28 November.

The bill, introduced in mid-November, the first Vice-speaker of the state Duma from the Communist party Ivan Melnikov, Vice-speaker from LDPR Igor Lebedev, the leader of “Fair Russia” Sergey Mironov and head of the United Russia faction Vladimir Vasiliev. They offered amendments to the law on political parties that would increase government funding of the said parties from 110 rubles per vote up to 152 rubles per year (from 1 January 2017). Overcome the three-percent barrier on the election results, only four parliamentary parties.

The funding “ensures the stability of the political system and aims to reduce the dependence of parties on private donors,” reads the explanatory note to the bill. According to the authors of the initiative, the project will remain at the current level, the level of state funding of parties — almost RUB 7 billion in 2017. Without these changes, the state financing of parties would be about RUB 2 billion less per year — about 5 billion rubles.

Changes are needed primarily to support parties, representation, which fell on the election results, stated in the explanatory note. Because of the low turnout, all parliamentary parties received fewer votes than in the last Duma election.

According to estimates RBC, will benefit from this decision “United Russia”: the party will be to RUB 4.3 billion per year (currently 3.6 billion rubles). The cost of the Communists and the liberal democratic party will amount to approximately RUB 1 billion every year (now 1.4 billion and 843 million rubles, respectively), at spravorossov — almost 500 million rubles. (now RUB 956 mln.).

The profile Committee on Affairs of public associations to consider this bill on November 29 and will offer the Duma to adopt it in the first reading and in General, told RBC a source in the Committee. According to him, the project may be finally adopted on Friday. This urgency is due to the need to make appropriate changes to the draft budget for next year currently being considered by the Duma, says the source.

In addition, the government supported the bill to increase the number of assistants, deputies and senators from five to seven, said the source of RBC. Monthly payroll assistants will grow by RUB 66 thousand to 231 thousand RUB, the Initiative applies to assistants working under an employment contract or a fixed-term employment contract. This bill was introduced with the same team of authors that prepared a draft on increasing the state funding of parties.

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