Russia’s Secret Starvation
According to Ilya Dashkovsky of the Russian publication Krestyanskiye Vedemosti and other sources cited by the ever-brilliant Paul Goble in a recent post, in 1990, as the Soviet economy collapsed into ruin, an average Russian consumed 75 kilograms of meat. Today, he consumes 61.
According to Dashkovsky, in 1990 such a Russian consumed 387 kilograms of milk products, but today it’s just 247 kilograms.
Then, 297 eggs. Now, 256.
Russians are replacing these key proteins with bread, potatoes and sugar in order to maintain their body mass. The exclusion of basic food groups from the Russian diet leads to secret starvation and malnutrition.
And the “average” Russians are the lucky ones.
The data clearly shows that millions of Russians who are below average are unable to feed themselves “a ration that is comparable with the food provided to German prisoners of war in the USSR in 1945.”
Another Russia source reports the devastating news that 80% of draft-age men in Russia are too unhealthy for military service,l in large part because of malnutrition.
It shouldn’t, actually, be necessary for anyone familiar with the basic facts of life in Russia to read these statistics in order to know that Russia is in dire trouble where food is concerned. When the average wage in a country is $3/hour, when there are massive wage arrears and even more massive corruption, when the country’s basket of basic, readily available food does not include many green vegetables or high-quality meat, malnutrition is inevitable. Russians compound this vice by drinking and smoking to wretched excess, likely in a desperate attempt to forget that they are starving.
Instead of openly and honestly acknowledging and confronting these issues, the KGB clan that rules the Kremlin only wants to suppress them. As we report below, it is unleashing a new onslaught by the secret police against journalists who would report such information, and it is preparing a new level of dictatorial power that dispenses with parliament, elections and political parties.
Meanwhile, just as in Soviet times, the country is starving to death.