Rosstat: Number of Russia’s poor goes up 14.8%

September 10, 2015. The number of Russian citizens with incomes below living wage rose by 14.8% in the first half of 2015 and came to 21,7m people (15.1% of the overall population), RIA Novosti refers to Rosstat as stating.

The number of the poor actually went down by 12%, from 22.9m people (15.9% of the population) to 20.1m people, which comes to 14% of the population, between the first and the second quarters of the year.

In QII’15, the country’s average living wage came to 10,017 RUR (10,792 RUR for working-age citizens, 8,210 RUR for retirees, and 9,806 RUR for children). This is, respectively, 3.7%, 3.7%, 3.7%, and 3.3% more than in the first quarter of the year.

The price of an average shopping basket rose by 1.7%, that of non-food items and services by 5.1% and 6.2%, respectively.

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