Putin says Russia to raise minimum wage from May 1

Monthly base rate will be in line with minimum cost of living
|payroll-reporter.com|Last Updated: 01/11/2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin is running for re-election in March. REUTERS/Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool

TVER, Russia (Reuters) — Russia will raise its minimum wage from May 1 this year, President Vladimir Putin, who is running for re-election in March, said on Wednesday.

Putin said the monthly minimum wage should be raised from 9,489 roubles a month (C$209) at present to be in line with the minimum cost of living, which now stands at 11,163 roubles (C$246).

Labour Minister Maxim Topilin was quoted by RIA news agency as saying his ministry would in the near future prepare draft legislation on raising the minimum wage.

He also said his ministry was working with the finance ministry to establish the cost of the increase, the agency reported.

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