Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Russian Labor Ministry Tells Civil Servants: Say No to Pricey Gifts

The ministry reminded civil servants that breaching the rules could lead to dismissal or criminal prosecution.

Russia's Labor Ministry has sent the country's civil servants a letter reminding them not to accept gifts ahead of Anti-Corruption Day on Dec. 9 and the upcoming winter festivities, the TASS state news agency reported Tuesday, citing the ministry's press service.

“Exceptions are, for example, gifts received during protocol events, work trips or other official events, if their worth does not exceed 3,000 rubles ($40),” the note cited by TASS said.

The ministry added any gifts exceeding that price limit were considered state property until they were purchased privately by the civil servant in question.

The ministry reminded civil servants that breaching the rules could lead to dismissal or criminal prosecution.

“[It] creates the conditions for a conflict of interests, casting doubt upon the objectivity of decisions taken [by those receiving the gift],” the note said.

It is not the first time civil servants have their memories jolted — a comic book released earlier this year used illustrations to teach the capital's civil servants to keep their hands clean.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more