Voices from Russia

Sunday, 31 May 2015

UN sez More than 80 percent of Ukrainians Under the Poverty Line

00 Bread or the Lack of It. 07.05.14


UN standards state that people are below the poverty line if they have less than 5 USD (262 Roubles. 31 Renminbi. 320 INR. 6.25 CAD. 6.50 AUD. 4.60 Euros. 3.25 UK Pounds) per day for food and lodging. Therefore, People’s Deputy Andrei Shipko stated, “The minimum wage should be about 3,750 Grivnya (9,330 Roubles. 1,100 Renminbi. 11,360 INR. 178 USD. 222 CAD. 233 AUD. 164 Euros. 117 UK Pounds) in the Ukraine, using the official forex rate at the National Bank. In Africa, the poverty threshold is 1.25 USD (66 Roubles. 8 Renminbi. 80 INR. 1.50 CAD. 1.65 AUD. 1.15 Euros. 0.80 UK Pounds) per day; in the Ukraine, the cost of living is 1.50 USD (79 Roubles. 9.30 Renminbi. 96 INR. 1.90 CAD. 2 AUD. 1.40 Euros. 1 UK Pounds) per day. Today, the minimum wage in the Ukraine is 1,176 Grivnya (2,930 Roubles. 347 Renminbi. 3,560 INR. 56 USD. 70 CAD. 73 AUD. 52 Euros. 37 UK Pounds)… about 50 USD (2,620 Roubles. 310 Renminbi. 3,190 INR. 62 CAD. 65 AUD. 46 Euros. 33 UK Pounds) a month, which is about 1.50 USD a day. What is the subsistence level? It’s not just food, its public transportation, personal services, utilities, and clothing. However, this subsistence minimum doesn’t take into account health services and education. If we analyse these factors, it is possible to recognise that the majority of Ukrainians are below the threshold of absolute poverty”.

Noted nutritionist Galina Anokhina said, “Poverty doesn’t allow Ukrainians a healthy diet. It means that the people have an unbalanced diet. Mostly, its fats and carbohydrates… Ukrainians eat a lot of bread and potatoes, but don’t eat much animal products. For a long time, the hunger in the population remained hidden… this can harm our adolescents and children. Such a meagre diet will lead to serious irremediable problems. We can’t correct such deficiencies in children up to 14-16 years merely with a change in diet”. Experts concluded that if the government wants to surmount this problem, it should set the “poverty threshold” at 5 USD per day for each family member. In addition, it should reduce the tax on the importation and sale of products from 20 percent to 7 percent, as well as implement a programme to subsidise medical costs.

30 May 2015




Here’s the problem… the IMF pigs are demanding “austerity”… therefore, the government will do nothing to correct the situation, as the banksters won’t let them. The people in Kiev are looking at the people in Donetsk and Lugansk and they’re concluding, “They don’t have a lot, but they have more than we do. Their government ain’t perfect, but it does more for them and they don’t pay out-of-pocket for everything. The Peoples Republics want the USSR back… hey, so do I! We lived better than we do now, and we didn’t have any of those oligarch shits thieving from us”. In short, the people in junta-controlled Banderstan have already broken from the junta in their hearts. It’s only a matter of time…



Friday, 22 November 2013

Duma Rejects Raise in Minimum Wage… Is This Shot in the Arm for the KPRF?

00 rich man hitting poor man. 26.09.13


On Friday, Russian lawmakers rejected an amendment to raise the country’s minimum wage to match its national poverty line starting in January. Russia’s current minimum wage of 5,205 roubles ($158) a month is 27 percent below the government’s own national average poverty threshold, set at 7,095 roubles ($215) in July. Deputy Mikhail Tarasenko said that the RF Gosduma Labour Committee “didn’t feel able to support this amendment”, without explaining why. The rejected amendment was part of a bill to bump Russia’s minimum wage up to 5,554 roubles ($169) in January 2014. Nevertheless, the Gosduma still expects to pass a bill raising the wage by about 350 roubles ($11) in a vote on Friday.

The minimum wage is a controversial concept among economists. Some argue that raising the salary threshold increases costs and thus unemployment, as companies may employ fewer people at higher salaries. Others, however, believe the relationship between minimum wage and unemployment is more complicated, and that the government is responsible to provide a salary guarantee at least equal to the poverty line. Russia has one of the lowest minimum wages in Europe, ranking 23rd out of 27 European countries in a 2013 study by the RIA Rating agency.

22 November 2013



Editor’s Note:

I’ll tell you why the deputies didn’t explain why they didn’t support a real rise in the minimum wage… BRIBES. It happens all the time in the US Congress (John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are bought n’ paid-for whores of the insurance industry, for instance)… so, the Russian lawmakers are only following the example of their more corrupt American mentors! Money talks and bullshit walks in crapitalism… that’s why the Left is gaining tread and cred in Russia and the USA (the Republicans couldn’t even win in Virginia… where a large bloc of sectarian voters usually puts them over the top). As Comrade Zyuganov said, “Events are filling the sails of the ship of the Left”… he’s right… in spades…


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