The declared annual income of the director of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, Alexander Bortnikov, for the year 2017, was 11.4 million rubles, or $184,000 USD. This is practically unchanged from the previous year. The data was published on Saturday on the FSB website .
In 2016 Bortnikov also earned 11.4 million rubles.
Interestingly – Mike Pompeo’s salary in 2017, as the previous head of the CIA, was $185,000 USD . Allowing for exchange rate fluctuations, the amount appears to be exactly the same as Bortnikov’s. Even though average salaries in Russia are many times less than that of the US (not taking into account relative costs of living), it seems that state salaries of high level security officials have been standardised to that of the US.
Fort Russ has not compared the earnings of other high ranking officials in Russia and US to see how far the theory extends.
However, this could be done for a variety of reasons – one of which is psychological, upholding morale of Russia’s officials, another practical, which disincentivises bribes and corruption.