The British Ministry of Defense wrote about the problems with paying salaries to Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine in early September. “In addition to battle fatigue and high casualties, one of the main complaints from Russian soldiers is probably still problems with their wages“- we read on the institution’s Twitter profile.
According to Insider’s information, Russian teachers, including from Moscow schools. “We were told there [na froncie] they don’t have pants and socks, “said one of the teachers anonymously.
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50 thousand rubles per kilometer of progress, 1 million for Himars
It is difficult to say what the financial situation of Putin’s soldiers is, as sources provide various information on their salaries. It is also not known whether they actually receive both the monthly salary and the promised bonuses for additional successes on the front lines, or whether they are only “on paper”.
According to the Russian website v1.ru, a soldier’s salary depends on his rank and military success. For example the daily salary of an ordinary soldier is 773 rubles (approx. 61 zlotys at the current rate), and a lieutenant – 1,545 rubles (approx. 122 zlotys). There are also diets. In addition, regardless of rank, additional payments are provided for military personnel, if they participate in active offensive operations – 8 thousand. rubles a day (about PLN 630). For each kilometer of progress – another 50,000. rubles (approx. PLN 4 thousand)
In total, as estimated by the Russian service, an ordinary soldier can earn, on average, about 128 thousand, including allowances. rubles per month (about PLN 10,000), and the lieutenant – 216,000. rubles (approx. PLN 17 thousand).
However, according to v1.ru, this is not all. Greater feats at the front are especially rewarded. Theoretically, an ordinary soldier can become a millionaire after capturing or destroying the Himars launcher (1 million rubles is about PLN 78 thousand). He will get 300,000 for the destruction of the plane. (about PLN 23.5 thousand), helicopter – PLN 200 thousand (about PLN 15.5 thousand), a tank – 100 thousand. (PLN 7.8 thousand), etc.
Salary only “on paper”?
But do soldiers actually get that kind of money? The UK defense ministry has doubts. He writes on Twitter: “Ukraine has most likely experienced serious problems with not paying out large combat bonuses.”
The high amounts reported by v1.ru, however, seem small compared to what promises were made a few months ago to volunteers who were encouraged to join the ranks of the army. For example, volunteer battalions formed in Perm and the West-Russian Kirov Oblast offered an income of 300,000. rubles a month (about PLN 23.5 thousand), while in Bashkiria, near the border with Kazakhstan, the minimum is 280 thousand. rubles (PLN 22 thousand).
At the very beginning of the war, the salaries of Russian soldiers were probably much lower than they are today. The Ukrainian security service reported on social media in the amount of just 60,000. rubles per month (at that time it was the equivalent of approximately PLN 3,000).
This is in line with the information provided by the Russian statistical agency Rosstat, provided by elpais.com, according to which the median salary of soldiers in May was around 62,000. 457 rubles (about PLN 5,000 at the current exchange rate).
Source: businessinsider.com, v1.ru, elpais.com, twitter