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Official statistics claims lower poverty in Russia

Published time: December 26, 2012 16:00
Edited time: December 27, 2012 19:36
A woman begs for money in an underground passage, with the air temperature at about minus 24 degrees.(Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

A woman begs for money in an underground passage, with the air temperature at about minus 24 degrees.(Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

Russians have become better off, as the number of people with earnings below the subsistence level went down almost 15% yoy in 3Q 2012. That represents $217.80 per month which the authorities say should be enough to live on.

The number of Russians who don’t get that amount a month went down to 17.2mn during January – September according to the Russian Statistics Service. Now, the poor in Russia comprise 12.1% of the total population, the agency said.

The assumptions in all of the calculations are that Russians need $81 a month to provide for basic food, $34 for non food products, another $88 for services and $15.7 to pay regular bills.

However, the average bill for public facilities in a one bedroom flat in Moscow is on average about $100.

The minimum wage in Russia – another indicator of the country’s well-being – is also much lower than in developed economies, according to FBK auditor. At the moment the figure stands at $148, while in the most prosperous countries like Luxembourg, Netherlands and Belgium top the list with a minimum wage of over $1500 a month.

Comments (1)

 

Julia Vorotyntseva 23.11.2013 15:38

R.W. Emerson II 27.12.2012 12:22

From the article: """Ho wever, the average bill for public facilities in a one bedroom flat in Moscow is on average about $100.""&qu ot;My reply:Wow! In NYC, the rent for a one-bedroom is TEN TIMES that -- $1,000 or more.

  


$1 00 is not the rent, but the utilities fees. It is what you pay for the running water, electricity and other services. the rent itself is also $1000 or higher. Most russians can't afford rent, they continue leaving with their parents. Rent is not included into that figures.

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