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Dec. 8 — The federal monthly minimum wage would increase to 7,800 rubles ($123) from 7,500 rubles ($118) beginning July 1, 2017, under a new bill passed by the lower house of Russia’s parliament Dec. 7.
The bill will now be subject to approval by both the upper house of parliament and President Putin.
The national minimum wage in Russia is set at the federal level, applies uniformly in every area of the country and is statutorily linked to be not less than the cost of living for an able-bodied person, excluding bonuses and other non-wage remuneration. However, many local governments enact minimum wage rates that are significantly higher than the national rate. Moscow’s monthly minimum wage, for example, is 17,561 rubles ($277).
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The bill is available in Russian at http://asozd2.duma.gov.ru/main.nsf/(Spravka)?OpenAgent&RN=15469-7.
More information on payroll issues in Russia is available in the Russia country primer.
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