: Money's running out in Crimea

20:26 Jun. 7, 2016

Money's running out in Crimea

Local residents surround a giant Russian flag during celebrations marking National Flag Day in Simferopol, Crimea, early Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 (AP Photo)

Russian authorities cut salaries of state employees on the occupied peninsula

The Simferopol-based budget organization is cutting the paycheques of its workers by 10%.

In an interview with RFE/RL's Krym.Realii, one of the employees said they recently received a warning from the company's management.

"They told us there are no funds in the budget. That is why they will cut salaries. We used to work during public holidays, and they used to pay for that. Now they are trying not to engage us so that they could save money," the employee stated. "Soon the vacations are to begin, it is important for everybody to pay the vacation bonus on time and in full," he added.

The authorities of the Russian-occupied peninsular do not comment on the situation.

The salaries of Russia's Black Sea Fleet servicemen were cut recently by 40%. The official justification was their service is no longer in another country since Russia annexed Ukrainian Crimea.

Read also E.U. does not recognize Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol - Mogherini

At the end of May, the employees of the municipal unitary enterprise in Kerch demanded to get their salaries that were on hold for nearly two months, but they were not allowed to strike according to the Crimean mass media.

As previously reported, Russian authorities severely cuts down the budget on the occupied Crimea. According to the self-proclaimed Crimean Finance Ministry, the Russia-backed parliament shortened the overall budget on more than 1 billion roubles (17 million U.S. dollars).

Read also Russia shortens budget costs for occupied Crimea

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