The average Russian pension increased 150 percent in June 2010 in comparison with June 2009. “In June 2010, the average pension, according to preliminary data, amounted to 7,584 roubles (250 USD 192 Euros 160 UK Pounds) [per month], an increase of 150 percent compared to June 2009”, the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) stated. In June 2010, the average size of a pension amounted to 35.1 percent of the average gross wage in Russia, and in the first half of 2010, 36.6 percent. In May 2009, the figure was 26.8 percent, and in the first half of 2009, 27.2 percent, RIA-Novosti reported.
30 July 2010
Voice of Russia World Service
Russia is not squeezing it’s retirees the way the teabaggers propose that we squeeze American retirees… Russian pensions are increasing (the Russian COL is much lower than in the USA, so the figures are misleading). The teabaggers are bought and paid for by well-heeled interest groups (the HMOs are simply the most obvious), their only object is to keep taxes low for the rich, and ensure that all the risks and blowbacks of our economy fall upon the working class… with no consequence for teabagger rentiers. “Outsourcing” and “downsizing” are unknown in Russia… the government sees to that, at least. Let’s see… the teabaggers defend outsourcing, downsizing, deregulation, shredding the social safety net, and keeping the country in a permanent state of war (shades of Orwell’s 1984!). If you earn a salary, you are a fool if you support them.