Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed on Monday a decree reducing the number of federal officials by 20% until 2013, the Kremlin press service said.
According to the decree, the number of federal officials is to be reduced by 5% in 2011 and 2012 and then by 10% in 2013.
The number of federal officials in Russia almost doubled in the past five years from around 600,000 in 2005 to over 1.1 million in 2010.
The decree follows the instruction made by Medvedev in June. The measure could save up to 40 billion rubles ($1.3 billion) out of the Russian federal budget.
MOSCOW, January 3 (RIA Novosti)