Medvedev calls for Victory Day allowances

May 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM
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MOSCOW, May 12 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Saturday instructed officials to make one-time payouts to veterans on Victory Day.

"I signed a relevant resolution of the government, and it is possible to begin working," Medvedev said at a meeting on the fulfillment of the presidential instructions.

"It should be fulfilled immediately to provide financing, including the expenses for the delivery, of one-time allowances on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the Great Victory," Medvedev said.

Vladimir Putin signed his first decree as president May 7, authorizing the one-time allowances to Russian veterans for the 67th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

The allowances will be between $34 and $165, ITAR-Tass reported.

"All categories of people included in the document should receive them without any delays," the premier said.

Acting Minister of Health and Social Development Tatiana Golikova said 3.7 million people will receive the payout.

"Nine billion rubles are envisaged for these purposes," she said. "Additional resources from the budget are not needed for these purposes."

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