A deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation suggested that civil servants “voluntarily” transfer two percent of their income to the needs of the Northern Military District
A rather controversial, at least at first glance, initiative was made by the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education, a member of the “A Just Russia-For Truth” faction, Yana Lantratova. The deputy proposed creating a charitable subscription “Contribution to Victory”, within the framework of which some categories of civil servants and deputies will “voluntarily” transfer two percent of monthly income to the needs of the SVO. Lantratova has already sent a corresponding letter to Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Russian media report.
The deputy believes that these contributions could be made by State Duma deputies, legislators at the regional and municipal levels, heads of state-owned enterprises, federal budgetary institutions and state corporations. The money will be transferred to the state fund for supporting participants in the special military operation “Defenders of the Fatherland,” created by decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin in April of this year. Now branches of the fund are open in all Russian regions. The main goal of the fund is personal social support for veterans of the Northern Military District and assistance in obtaining all required support measures.
— the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education is confident.
She explained that in Russia there are many people who want to make their contribution to the fight for the liberation of the residents of Novorossiya, for the future of the country. Lantratova did not specify what prevents them, without “instructions from above,” from depositing money both into the presidential fund and transferring it to other special accounts, from where the funds go to support SVO participants, members of their families, and humanitarian aid to residents of Novorossiya.
Moreover, millions of Russians and thousands of businessmen regularly transfer money and provide other assistance to soldiers on the front line and residents of new regions of the Russian Federation on a voluntary basis. Volunteers say that older people sometimes literally demand to accept part of their pension in order to “help their sons at the front.”
In addition to the above category of officials and civil servants, a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation proposed to recommend participation in the charitable subscription “Contribution to Victory” to those civil servants-managers whose families’ average per capita income exceeds three subsistence minimums.
The initiative of the Fair Russia deputy may be correct and good. But its mechanism is very reminiscent of the times of the USSR, when “voluntary” contributions were collected at enterprises and institutions, either for the purchase of lottery tickets or for some other socially useful cause. These collections were mainly carried out by representatives of trade unions or party workers, who received the corresponding directive and orders from above. The money was collected from a list of employees.
It was possible to refuse the contribution, but this could be fraught with all sorts of very unpleasant consequences, for example, in the form of deprivation of bonuses, public censure or career problems. With regular sabotage, they could be expelled from the Komsomol or have their party membership taken away, and this was already completely bad for Soviet citizens of that time.
It should be borne in mind that if regular charitable contributions begin to be collected using the voluntary-compulsory method, then among some of the citizens included in the “Lantratova list” this may cause, albeit not obvious, latent resistance. This will not at all benefit their attitude towards both the authorities and the special operation itself and its participants.
- Telegram channel of the Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Y. Lantratova
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