"Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to cut the number of government officials by 1,453 from March 31," Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti. He said the government would be reduced by another 5 percent in 2012 and by 10 percent in 2013 under Putin's instructions.
Peskov said the average age of officials was 45 and women accounted for half of the government staff.
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