Tag: poverty in Russia

A Third of Russians Outside Major Cities ‘Invisible’ to State Statisticians, Sociologists Say

October 12, 2015

Staunton, October 19 – The imposition of new rules prohibiting the sharing of statistical information among various levels of Russian government and the continuing impact of Soviet assumptions that individuals only work where they live mean that 33 to 37 percent of the population of Russian regions is “invisible” as far as state statistics are […]

Russia Update: Income Falls by 4.9% This Year Due to Economic Crisis

September 29, 2015

Russians’ income has fallen 4.9% this year by contrast with last year due to the economic crisis. The fall in purchasing power has also reduced manufacturing and construction. Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies. The previous issue […]

Syrian Adventure Makes Humanitarian Catastrophe in Russia ‘Inevitable,’ Borovoy Says

September 23, 2015

Staunton, September 22 – Russia faces a humanitarian catastrophe of extraordinary proportions this winter, Konstantin Borovoy says, with many Russians now not simply below the poverty line but at risk of survival, a trend that the Russian government has implicitly acknowledged by introducing ration cards for certain categories of the population. Unless Moscow gets enough […]

How Bad are Things for Russia’s Poor? Some are Now Stealing Toilet Paper

August 4, 2015

Staunton, August 3 – There are all kinds of statistical measures about incomes and expenditures that show the situation Russia’s poor now find themselves as a result of Vladimir Putin’s domestic and foreign policies. But perhaps the most striking indication of how bad things really are for those at the bottom of Russia’s increasingly unequal […]