October 22, 2011

RUSSIA: Medvedev to give free gas to elderly, vets


MOSCOW, Russsia / United Press International / World News / October 21, 2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday he believes elderly people and veterans should have free gas connections to their homes.

The average gas bill for one house in Russia's Volgograd Region is between $2,249 and $3,856, which is far more than a lot of people can afford, ITAR-Tass reported.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev attends a round table meeting at the G8 Summit in Deauville, France, May 26, 2011. UPI 

"The subsidizing mechanism of the interest rate of a credit is correct, but in some cases people just cannot take this credit, as this is the responsibility of municipal authorities. Elderly people, veterans should receive it freely," Medvedev said.

Medvedev offered working citizens a gas credit with an interest rate paid by employers and local authorities.

"It is necessary to evaluate who can pay [for the connection to the gas supplies] and who cannot pay for it," Medvedev said.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin agreed with Medvedev's proposal, saying, the allocations will have to be made from the regional budget.

"We will ask deputies and governors to bear in mind that this is our sphere of responsibility," Putin said.

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