In Russia, a Dog’s Life
According to the Russian government, a citizen of Russia needs an income of at least $6.43 per day to survive. For this reason, the Kremlin has established a minimum wage of $190 per month, which works out to $1.18 per hour for four weeks of full-time work.
The minimum wage in the United States, by contrast, is $7.25 per hour — a figure many argue is criminally low.
You read that right — the minimum legal wage for an American is more than six times higher than that of a Russian. Many individual American states have their own minimum wages requirements which are even higher. The State of Washington offers the highest — $8.55 per hour.
And America is a capitalist country — the minimum wage in socialist countries like France is far higher, hovering around $12 per hour. France’s GDP is only slightly more than double that of Russia, yet its minimum wage is more than ten times higher. That single fact tells you all you really need to know about how much the KGB regime of Vladimir Putin cares about its people.
But there’s a lot more horror to consider.
The annual income represented by the American minimum wage was, in 2008, equivalent to one-third (33%) of per capita GDP. And Russia’s figure? A woeful 19%. Botswana, Tajikistan and Indonesia are all significantly more generous than Russia in this regard. In fact, in 2008 only sixteen nations on the planet, among those for whom data was available, were less generous than Russia in allocating minimum wage as a share of per capita GDP.
But there’s no need to look outside Russia to grasp how outrageously barbaric the country’s minimum wage standard really is. Just look at the dogs.
The Moscow Times recently reported that the monthly amount allocated by the City of Moscow for the upkeep of stray dogs in city animal shelters is exactly the same as the minimum legal wage for a person, $190 per month. The paper then goes on to expose a truly cosmic level of inhuman fraud being perpetrated by city bureaucrats, who simply steal this money rather than spending it on canine support.
Little wonder, of course. City workers being paid the minimum wage couldn’t help but be shocked to see the same sum being spent on homeless pooches.
That’s right — hapless Russian workers are jealous not just of their foreign counterparts, but of their own dogs, who often times live better than they do.
Or they would, if their own government didn’t steal all the money.
Perhaps what’s most shocking about all this isn’t the barbaric extent to which the people of Russia are being brutalized. After all, that’s pretty much the way it’s always been. What’s shocking is the truly ludicrous level of public support given by these same victims to those who are attacking them, chief among them Vladimir Putin. Behaving this way, who can claim Russian’s don’t deserve to continue living worse than dogs to the end of their dog days?