Putin says Russia to raise minimum wage from May 1

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a state awards ceremony for military personnel who served in Syria, at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool

TVER, Russia (Reuters) - Russia will raise its minimum wage from May 1 this year, President Vladimir Putin, who is running for re-election in March, said on Wednesday.

Putin said the monthly minimum wage should be raised from 9,489 rubles ($166.47) at present to be in line with the minimum cost of living, which now stands at 11,163 rubles.

Labor Minister Maxim Topilin was quoted by RIA news agency as saying his ministry would in the near future prepare draft legislation on raising the minimum wage.

He also said his ministry was working with the finance ministry to establish the cost of the increase, the agency reported.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Christian Lowe