The Horrifying Fangs of Russian Poverty
Imagine having to live on $6.93 per day or less.
That’s all you’ve got to buy food and put a roof over your head, and to pay for transportation to and from your work, which pays you roughly $1.30 per hour. For medical expenses, entertainment, the whole shooting match. You’ve got $0.42 per hour of each day to survive on.
Think you could do it?
If so, would you care to try it in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, where food prices jumped by 17.5 percent between June 2010 and February 2011? No? We didn’t think so.
The Putin regime is proud of the fact that between 2009 and 2010 a miniscule 0.5% of the population climbed out of “poverty” as the Putin regime defines it, which means that they started getting more than $6.93 per day to live on. $7.00 per day, maybe even $7.50, is the luxurious new lifestyle to which they became accustomed. In other words, one could earn double the “poverty” rate identified by the Putin regime and still be desperately poor by the standards of any civilized country.
It would be hilarious, if it were not so very tragic.
Russia has been furiously burning through its savings in a frantic effort to insulate Russians from the horrific pain being inflicted upon them by the fangs of their failed national economic policy. The Russian reserve fund decreased a stunning 50 percent over the last year, having reached $26 billion by March 1 compared with $59 billion in March 2010. The government is about to increase pensions by 10.3 percent, with a total of 20 billion rubles ($700 million) being set aside in the Pension Fund’s budget. Where is this money coming from? It is coming from in Kremlin’s increasingly limited savings, and from borrowing and debt. And it isn’t nearly enough to keep Russians from being decimated by poverty.
Russia does not rank in the top 130 nations of the world for average life expectancy, and its population continues to shrink dramatically year after year. The reason is obvious: Crippling, brutalizing Russian poverty. Russians, quite simply, can’t afford to live longer. The wanton savagery of the Russian Kremlin building gilded palaces for its occupants while the vast majority of the population languishes in the most extreme poverty is nothing more than the hallmark of Russian history, a practice of sheer contempt for the population that has characterized Russian rulers for time out of mind.
The Russians who stand idly by watching this abuse take place, who condemn their children to repeat it, deserve this misery.