Last summer, 36% of Russian households are faced with financial difficulties and are unable to make the required payments, and almost a quarter (23%) of citizens were unable to pay even the utilities. Roughly the same figure had previously been recorded in the period from March to may. Remain stable and debts of the Russians.

These data are presented in the study “Monitoring of incomes, expenditures and consumption of households in Russia” , national research UNIVERSITY “Higher school of Economics”.

In addition, citizens had “to cut” and spending on drugs and medical services. Despite the fact that the first has risen markedly, the expenses of Russians on medications decreased by 8% and medical services up by 15%.

Although the Russians estimate their financial situation is stable low, according to official statistics, the proportion of the poor declining. Thus, according to Rosstat, the level of poverty of the Russian population in the first half of 2016 decreased by 0.5 p. p. to 14.6%.

However, the last issue of the monitor demonstrates that the proportion of Russians assessing the financial situation of their families as bad or very bad is significantly higher – 22% and the share of the population that has enough money to buy the necessary shoes, clothes or products constitute 39%.

Senior researcher at the Institute for social policy, HSE Elena Seleznev explained, in this regard, the newspaper “Izvestia”that Rosstat measures poverty relative to the subsistence level. In reality, however, people with such income, live in poverty.

“Besides, assessing their financial situation, citizens rely not only on the real level of their income, but also on concerns about, for example, rise in price of goods that they were not going to buy” – the expert reminded.

The Director of the Center for urban competencies at the Institute of social Sciences of Ranepa Irina Irbitskaya fears that the number of poor Russians who are unable to pay even the “communal” will only increase. She explains that the rise in rates and drop in the standard of living of citizens.

One-third of Russian families do not have enough money for the Essentials 13.10.2016

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