Many opposition publications in Russia publish information on a new way of measuring poverty in Russia in the face of falsified statistics not only on coronavirus, but on any issue. In particular, economic. For the first time in five years, bread sales have grown in Russia. Thus, according to the forecast, by the end of the year, growth may amount to 60 thousand tons. Experts attribute this to a decrease in the income of the country’s residents.
BusinesStat analysts predicted that by the end of the year Russia may sell 60 thousand tons of bread more than last year – 7.95 million tons. In monetary terms, in January-September, sales increased by 2.9% – to 552.7 billion rubles. The growth in bread sales was also recorded by the Russian Union of Bakers. Its head Alexei Lyalin explained that in times of crisis, people pay more attention to cheap products.
According to him, people began to pay more attention to cheap products against the background of lower incomes, the growth in bread sales is observed primarily in the most massive and affordable varieties.
In turn, Dmitry Vostrikov, executive director of the Rusprodsoyuz (Russian food association), recalled that a similar situation was observed in 2008, when during the crisis, Russian residents began to focus more on affordable products.
According to Rosstat (governmental agency), the real income of the country’s residents in the second quarter of 2020 decreased by 8.4%, in the third – by 4.8%. But as hundreds of experts previously noted, the true extent of Russian poverty is unknown – the Rosstat methodology simply does not reflect the crisis in the country.
Russian statistics show no crisis, everything is growing. Moreover, in September and October, official statistics recorded a decrease in unemployment.
The average accrued salary in Russia in September, according to Rosstat, reached the level of 49,259 rubles. It increased by 6% compared to the same period last year, and by 3.7% compared to August. In total, over the nine months, the growth of salaries year-on-year amounted to 5.7% in nominal terms and 2.6% in real terms.
Russian News presenter Yuri Pronko says: “I understand that statistics officials prepare such figures for reports “to boss”, but should there be at least some correlation with reality? Is there a work of Rosstat? How does this correlate with the fact that the total number of those who have enough money for only the very minimum – food and essential goods, will reach 19.6 million people? The standard of living in Russia will be thrown back to 2007 levels”
He recalled that almost half of Russian citizens – about 45% – have a monthly income below 15 thousand rubles ($200). For 70%, income does not exceed 25 thousand rubles ($330). More than 8% of the population is on the brink of survival with an income of 5 thousand rubles ($65 per month).
And I actually proved that in my first article. My grandmother receives a pension of 13 thousand rubles ($170 per month), my salary is 17 thousand rubles ($225 per month).