12 Mar 2018 15:05

Decisions to increase public sector workers' wages have been made for several years - Peskov

MOSCOW. March 12 (Interfax) - The increase of wages in the public sector is not an instantaneous process, and relevant decisions are made over a long period, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"First, the increase of wages is not an instantaneous process, as you know. Second, there are decisions that were made in the past year and even in the past few years," Peskov said in response to a question as to whether the sharp increase of wages in some state institutions is connected to the election.

"I cannot say anything about the increase of wages at specific educational establishments. You'd do better to call there and ask what the reason is," Peskov said.

"The fact that wages don't always grow at the rates we would like them to is also an obvious fact that we cannot deny," he said.

It has been reported that the wages of employees at some scientific and medical establishments recently increased considerably; at Moscow State University, wages in February were three times higher than usual.