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Russians distrust gov't income reports

May 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

MOSCOW, May 3 (UPI) -- A non-governmental Russian polling firm said the country's residents do not trust government officials to correctly disclose their income.

The Levada Center said its poll of Russian adults found a vast majority do not trust government officials to correctly disclose their income, as is required by a 2010 decree from President Dmitry Medvedev, The Moscow Times reported Thursday.

The most recent official income statements found Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin to be the richest cabinet member, with an income of $16.37 million per year, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was near the bottom of the list, making only $125,333.

Medvedev's decree was aimed at increasing transparency in government, but Levada said most Russians believe officials are hiding income from the reports.

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