The Kremlin has responded to criticism of Kudrin increase the personal income tax for the rich

Funds from raising the personal income tax rate for the rich will go on treatment of children with orphan diseases, said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.

Earlier Vladimir Putin has proposed from 1 January 2021 to cancel the flat rate personal income tax and raise its rate from 13% to 15% for income in excess of five million rubles a year, and send the money to help children with rare pathologies.

The Chairman of the accounts chamber Aleksei Kudrin said that the increase in the personal income tax devoid of economic sense.

"I want to remind you that there is far more important meaning than economic. The President's initiative was to use the money to paint and use them for drug provision of children with orphan diseases", — said in the Kremlin.

Peskov also said that the economic washed away the President too.