|Putin to Slash Propaganda Budgets of Governors|
|by Tom McGregor||Tue, Jan 21, 2014, 08:07 PM|
Russian President Vladimr Putin intends to reduce government spending by cutting back on propaganda funding for local governments.
According to Russia Today, "The Russian president has recommended officials ‘optimize’ the funds allocated for press coverage of their work after mass media uncovered unprecedented growth in such spending in regional budgets. The presidential order to optimize PR budgets must be fulfilled before February 1, reads the document published on the official Kremlin website. The Finance Ministry was made responsible for overseeing the process."
The governors in Russia were planning to spend tens of millions of US dollars to major public relations firms to boost their images.
As reported by Russia Today, "Putin’s order came after a whole series of controversies emerged a short time after a scandal in the central Russian Saratov Region. In December last year, the pro-Putin political movement United People’s Front officially complained to the president that the governor of the remote Far East province of Sakhalin planned to spend 680 million rubles (over $20 million) of budget funds on “improving his image” in just three years."
Russia is struggling to reduce its deficit spending ways.
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