Alexei Kudrin welcomed the news about the increase in classified spending budget “with surprise”, the former official did not see reasons for this step, according to RBC with reference to the statement of former Finance Minister who now heads the Center for strategic research. Kudrin spoke about this during a business forum “Atlanta”.

“But I think it’s not because the costs will add on some secret operation, it’s just some already existing articles cover”, – he said.

In General budget expenditures, including on defense, be reduced due to the fact that revenues have decreased and will decrease the budget deficit, said the former Finance Minister. “So I think just doing the secret part of the articles that were previously open”, – said Kudrin.

“I am the way, against it. I think that now we do not live in a situation where you need somehow to significantly increase the secret articles of the budget. What’s been revealed, it should be [openly]. And the fact that it is not necessary, has long been closed. So I don’t quite understand this expansion of the secret articles,” – said the head of CSR.

The day before, we will remind, it became knownthat the Ministry of Finance prepared amendments to the budget proposed to increase the share of classified expenditures in the total expenditures to post-Soviet high.

Revenues and expenditures of the state for the remaining months were restated for the barrel for 40 dollars (average YTD price) instead of 50 incorporated into the project.

According to the amendments, budget revenues will be 369 billion rubles less than planned, if the government can before the end of the year to sell a stake in Rosneft, and more than a trillion rubles – if the transaction will not take place. The costs of the budget decided to increase to 306 billion.
Source of expenditure growth – sharp (800 billion) increase in spending on “other areas constituting state secrets”. In addition, 850 billion extended financing through the mechanism of state guarantees.

Growing spending on defense and state guarantees, and other expenses, on the contrary, reduced, stated the newspaper “Vedomosti”.

So, the anti-crisis plan in monetary terms will be less than a quarter, and the total expenditure on economic crimes decided to cut back on 414,7 bln rubles, up to 2,144 trillion rubles. Spending on education and health are reduced a total of 58 billion rubles (about 6%).

Earlier, RBK, citing its own calculations wrotethat the Finance Ministry wants to increase secret the cost of 680 billion rubles, and the total budget spending at 300 billion.

Closed part of the budget, therefore, will be 3.66 trillion rubles, or 4.4% of GDP, only 22.3% of the total costs, which amount to 16.4 trillion. The Agency pointed out that in 2015, the share of classified spending was 20%, and this year she was supposed to fall to 18%.

Kudrin “surprised” to hear the news on the classification of budget expenditures 04.10.2016

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