EDITORIAL: In Russia, a Dog’s Life


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?


10 responses to “EDITORIAL: In Russia, a Dog’s Life

  1. Just two points:
    Hardly anyone gets paid the minimum wage in Russia, only a few years ago the minimum wage was RUR 400 per month, which is what? USD 13? Thing is Russia in effect has no wage-floor and from a purely libertarian point of view it’s not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself.

    Second, there aren’t that many people who actually support Putin, I mean while Russians are far from being the smartest people in the world, we’re not actually that stupid.


    There aren’t that many people who actively oppose him either, are there?

    The average wage in Russia is $400/month, which works out to $2.50 an hour. It’s hardly a big bump upwards, so you’re really splitting hairs. No wage floor isn’t a bad thing until you are working for $1/hour, then it’s a pretty big deal

    • In reply to

      I think the average pay in Russia is higher than $400 per month, again the official statistics have to be adjusted upwards somewhat since a lot of people still get paid cash under the table, with only a small portion of this pay being official reported to the authorities, so I would estimate the average for Russia to be about $600-$700 per month, with regional variations from $400 to $10009if Moscow is excluded)

  2. To igorfazlyev: “there aren’t that many people who actually support Putin” >>>>>>All the Russian polls show Putin is supported by ovehelming majority of the population, some 90 to 99%, I don’t remember exactly. So the author is right and you are not.

    • To be fair to Igor, does anyone really think that most people in Russia will answer a poll with what they really think about dear beloved comrade and glorious leader Putin?

      After all it is an authoritarian state. Putin certainly has a lot of support, but I don’t think anything like as much as the opinion polls claim

      I suspect that Igor is quite right.

    • what polls, Stan? Even at the peak of Putin’s popularity his ratings never exceeded 60-70%, are you sure you’re not confusing things here?
      Plus the constant citing of the supposedly high approval ratings is part of the Russian government’s propaganda strategy, the idea is to make the dissenters think they’re a tiny minority, but even despite the fact that all the msm are controlled by the government more and more people have been turning up for oppositiong marches recently.

      • If the polls are to believed, they show that a bulletproof majority of Russians support the presidency of proud KGB spy even as the economy is collapsing around them and basic civil rights and liberties are being destroyed in neo-Soviet fashion. They indicate Russians are sheep.

        Where is Russian support for opposition parties?

        Where is opposition to Putin? Even if just 20% oppose him, that’s nearly 30 MILLION Russians. Where are they?

        To stand mute is the same as to support. Might be worse.

        • I tend not to believe the polls, for various reasons, one of them being that especially the older generations here always assume that the answers they give in a survey will be looked at by the ‘organs’ (local slang for the KGB/FSB, police etc.) and that if they’re the wrong answers there might be repercussions. It’s an almost irrational fear, which, sadly, has some historical justification. Thus if an ordinary person in their late forties or someone even older than that is approached by a guy/girl with a questionnaire who starts asking them questions about what they think about Putin/Medvedev and the government’s handling of the crisis, unless they’re really in a foul mood, drunk or have just been fired, in all probability they will say they love Putin, even though in actuality they probably either despise him or don’t really care. It’s just the way the Russian psyche works, people assume they’re being watched at all times by the big brother and plus they generally tend to believe the government is too powerful for them to take on and that if they dare to speak out against it, let alone demonstrate openly demanding its resignation, it will simply crush them, ruin their lives, imprison them etc.
          So the problem with polls in Russia is twofold.
          On the one hand, there’s a very strong culture of Potemkin villages, so sometimes poll organisers, especially if they’re on the government payroll are too eager to please their paymasters with the results they think they would want and then there’s the culture of cheating in school and at exam and cheating that also plays a role because the actual job of going out to the masses and putting the questions to actual people is often outsources to lazy students who instead of actually doing what they’re supposed to, will often find the results of some previous polls on the Internet and fill out their questionnaires accordingly, faking the passport and other personal data. And as I was told by one student of the Higher School of Economics, who’s been involved in a number of polls, they’re often given totally unrealistic deadlines where a single pollster is told to survey several thousand people in a day and are thus left with no choice but to simply fake the data, if they want to get paid. As you can imagine the results of such polls are worthless but nobody cares.

          And the second part of the problem with polls on political attitudes in Russia, as I pointed out earlier, is that even if a poll is conducted properly and the questions get put to actual people, a relatively large proportion of them will simply lie when asked about ‘sensitive’ political stuff, such as their personal thoughts on Putin, because they’re afraid, not without reason, that all these polls are just a ploy by the KGB to weed out the politically unreliable.

          Now as for support of the opposition parties etc. The majority of the people simply don’t believe in the goods intentions of today’s Russian opposition. Think about it, what opposition parties does Russia have at the moment? Yabloko, I personally always voted for them, but they never really stood a chance they’ve always been too high-brow for their own good, they’re not a people’s party they’re a club of intellectuals seemingly more concerned with abiding by their own principles than doing nay meaningful politics.

          Nemtsov, well, he’s not a real opposition leader he’s just a guy who wants to be at the trough himself and doesn’t much care about anything else, he’s criticising Putin’s government at the moment simply because he hopes to one day be in the Kremlin himself but at his core he’s just like Putin except that he comes from a different background, but if he was the PM or the president now, the situation in Russia wouldn’t be much different, so you can’t expect people to take him seriously, he was a PM under Yeltsin and everyone remembers that he only became a vocal critic of the government after he got the boot.

          Who else is there? Kasparov doesn’t have a chance. Limonov is much too interested in forever remaining in marginalised opposition to everyone.

          The bottom line is there are no real grass roots opposition parties in Russia and you can’t expect people to go out on a limb for the likes of Nemtsov who they know from experience will screw them over the moment he gets a chance.

          The thing is Russia is a very dysfunctional society, the usual channels through which the public can exert influence on the government are simply non-existent here, some people driven to despair do go out and demonstrate but as they see how little is accomplished by such actions they see no point in them, so the majority are just getting by, trying to ignore the government.

          • So, the bottom line is, while all the polls are saying Putin is immensely popular, this is in fact untrue. Is that what you are trying to convey, Igor? But if the polls are not to be believed, what do you base your conclusion on?

            • I base my conclusions on my personal observations, because sadly, at the moment I don’t have anything else to base them on, since like I said, poll results are always suspect in Russia, for reasons I cited above

  3. Here is my 10 cents (from OLD vs. f New Russian) Check it out. Thats what Russian Bolsheviks (99% of people in contemporary Russia is descendants (potomki) of those Red Bolsheviks) have done to OWN BLOOD Russians (Whites) during Civil War:
    “On 24 Feb, as Rostov and the Don Cossack capital of Novocherkassk fell to the Bolsheviks, Kornilov led the Volunteer Army on the epic ‘Ice March’ into the empty steppe towards the Kuban. Although badly outnumbered, he escaped destruction from pursuing Bolshevik forces and laid siege to Ekaterinodar, the capital of the Kuban Soviet Republic, on 10 April. However, in the early morning of 13 April, a Soviet shell landed on his farmhouse headquarters and killed him. He was buried in a nearby village.

    A few days later, when the Bolsheviks gained control of the village, they unearthed Kornilov’s coffin, dragged his corpse to the main square and burnt his remains on the local rubbish dump.” !!!

    No comments!!! GENERAL’S TRUE RUSSIAN PATRIOT CORPSE BURNT ON THE LOCAL RUBBISH DUMP (svalke!)!! Its a DNA case indeed… I want to be and stay OLD RUSSIAN in my DNA and in my genes! Russia is BURNING now and we have billionaires in f robbed poor country with Human-Dog Life style.. Sheeps, RISE!!! Be like and OLD RUSSIANS, WHO FOUGHT THIS RED LOW LIFE BIDLO REGIME!!! FIGHT! RISE!

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