Moscow officialdom facing further cuts

MOSCOW, August 19 (Itar-Tass) — The Moscow administration should expect further job cuts, city mayor Sergei Sobyanin told reporters.

“In the past 12 months, 2,000 officials have been made redundant, and next year, we’ll ax another 1,000 jobs in Moscow administration,” Sobyanin said.

According to the mayor, performance is crucial in making the decision on each official. “Job cutting in itself is of little value; we have to look into how well they performed, and review their activities. This is what we’re doing within the framework of the city’s administrative commission,” he said adding that “we carry out review, cut jobs, and streamline and simplify at all the departments.”

“There are rather many officials in Moscow, but then, it’s a big city. At present, there are more than 24,000 officials,” he said, “as for top officials, they are all well-known.”

After Sobyanin was appointed Moscow mayor last autumn, he reshuffled the city government and replaced a majority of district board heads. He fired many officials for inefficiency in handling city economy issues.


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