The number of wealthy families in Russia has decreased by 40 percent. In the first quarter of 2021, about a million families had high income, up from 1.7 million a year earlier. Such data are presented in the study of the audit and consulting network FinExpertiza, which is at the disposal of Lenta.ru.
The company based its findings on data from the Rosstat survey. Families are considered wealthy if they have enough money to buy everything they need. And if in the first quarter of 2020 3.1 percent of families answered this way, then in a year — 1.9 percent.
FinExpertiza Global President Elena Trubnikova admitted that obviously not all families want to talk about their prosperity, but even with this assumption, it is clear that there are still a small number of well-to-do families in Russia, and even they are getting poorer. According to her, the dynamics of income is such that it casts doubt on the possibility of the formation of a middle class.
In the context of regions, the number of well-to-do families decreased in 37 constituent entities of the federation, and increased in 32. In 16 of them, neither in 2020 nor in 2021 there was a statistically significant number of families that would claim complete financial well-being.
The worst dynamics in absolute terms is in Moscow — over the year the number of wealthy households decreased by 356.4 thousand (minus 72.6 percent). This is followed by Dagestan (minus 93.9 thousand families, 88 percent), Belgorod region (minus 48 thousand, 91.4 percent), Tatarstan (minus 46.9 thousand, 81.1 percent) and Rostov region (minus 36.6 thousand , 100 percent).
As for the rest of the categories of Russians, half of families (49 percent) say that there is sufficient funds only for food and clothing. Another 36 percent add durable goods to them, but not a car, apartment or summer cottage.
Every eighth Russian family (12.9 percent) admits that they only have enough money for food, and it is already difficult to buy clothes and pay utility bills. The poorest households (0.2 percent) do not even have enough money to buy food.
Earlier, the Ministry of Labor said that the highest level of poverty in Russia was recorded in Tuva, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria.
Foreign Ministry: Russia considers it a violation of international law that the United States does not issue visas to Russian representatives traveling to UN events
«This is gross arbitrariness and an absolutely unacceptable violation of international law, which, of course, cannot and will not remain without due reaction.»
The US House of Representatives committee approved the introduction of sanctions against Russian businessmen, officials, security officials and media managers from the list provided by Navalny’s associates
The list, which Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov handed over to the United States and the EU in February 2021, lists the names of businessmen Roman Abramovich, Alisher Usmanov, Oleg Deripaska, Rosneft head Igor Sechin, Gazprom chairman Alexei Miller, head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, FSB director Alexander Bortnikov, media manager and general director of Channel One Konstantin Ernst, RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan, VTB board chairman Andrei Kostin, Rosgvardia director Viktor Zolotov and other officials, businessmen and people from the inner circle of President Vladimir Putin.
20% of Russians use public transport every day, 34% never (RIA Novosti has data from the VTsIOM poll). In Moscow and St. Petersburg: 31% go by metro and bus every day, and 16% never.
47% of Russian families have their own car, and 15% have two at once. At the same time, 42% of Russian car owners have not driven for a long time. 63% of car owners drive their car every day (in 2019 there were 70% of them).
Roskomnadzor has begun to form a register of social networks in Russia, it already includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Likee, Youtube, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, the press service of the department told TASS.
It is noted that the registry will make it possible to achieve the prompt removal of socially dangerous information that requires an immediate response, for example, trash streams and other socially dangerous content.
40% of Russians will prefer domestic software on their devices to foreign, VTsIOM found out (RIA Novosti has a survey). Of these, most often this position is held by people over 60 years old (59%), least often — by the age of 18 to 24 years (12%).
Every fifth Russian — 18% — would prefer to use foreign software, and 35% even admitted that they did not care where the software was created.
Gas from Norway will go to Poland via Baltic Pipe in a year, while Poland will increase the capacity of the LNG terminal. All this will be needed, since the Yamal Treaty will end in 2022, which we do not plan to renew, according to the author of the Interia Internet portal. Polish politician Piotr Naimsky assured that nothing threatens the schedule for putting the gas pipeline into operation, and stressed that there are no plans to purchase gas from Russia after 2022.
“If the need arises, it can also be purchased on European gas exchanges. Theoretically, gas purchased on the German stock exchange can come to Poland, ”said Naimsky.
According to the results of the polls, most Europeans are convinced that a cold war is currently underway between the United States and China, but 85% of respondents do not believe that this conflict has any direct impact on their lives, writes the author of The Times.
Turkey has sent thousands of soldiers to northwest Syria in preparation for an important meeting with the leaders of Russia and Iran next week, signaling its determination to continue blocking attacks on one of the last front lines of the Syrian war, Bloomberg reported.
Erdogan is expected to raise the issue of escalation in Idlib at a September 29 meeting with the presidents of Russia and Iran. This confidential information was reported by two Turkish officials on condition of anonymity.
Italian artist Dario Gambaran created a giant portrait of Dostoevsky in a wheat field. The creation covers an area of 25 thousand square meters and is 250 meters long. The artist dedicated the illustration to the upcoming 200th anniversary of the writer.
Gambarin created the portrait using a tractor and a plow. According to the author, it took him 9-10 hours. The artist’s work is called «Beauty Will Save the World» — a reference to the quote by Prince Myshkin from the novel «The Idiot».
The trailer for the documentary «Britney vs. Spears «. The project will be dedicated to the life of the singer, and in particular to the trial on the termination of her father’s guardianship over her. The film is due out ahead of the next meeting on September 28th.
Two more UK energy providers serving 835,000 customers have gone bankrupt due to soaring gas prices. This is stated in a message released on Wednesday by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). Avro Energy and Green Supplier Limited announced today that they are discontinuing operations.
Facebook has adopted a more aggressive strategy to protect its reputation. The main decision is to promote good news about the company in the news feed of your own social network. The company is also trying to distance Zuckerberg from scandals by restricting access to information about its internal activities and began to counter potentially negative content. Facebook executives decided that the passive defensive strategy had exhausted itself and was not helping either to cope with criticism or win over supporters.
Jeff Bezos will provide $ 1 billion for biodiversity conservation. The money is planned to be spent on «creation, expansion, management and monitoring of protected and protected areas», mainly in the Andes, South America, the Congo basin and the Pacific Ocean. The funds will be allocated as part of the program to combat climate change, to which Bezos will give $ 10 until 2030. How exactly the first billion will be spent is still unknown.
The Antimonopoly Service of Russia obliged Magnit and Pyaterochka to reduce food prices in the Moscow region. The agency’s warning says that the chains have unreasonably raised prices for the same goods. Shops were given 10 days to rectify the situation.
«For example, in some municipalities where retail chains occupy a dominant position, the cost of wheat flour, bread, chicken and pork was more than 10% higher than that established in urban districts in which there were no signs of a dominant position.»
The traffic police stopped fining drivers for exceeding the average speed. The practice, when a violation is recorded by two cameras located at a distance of several kilometers from each other, has been operating in the Russian Federation for almost seven years.
According to Kommersant, in Moscow, such fines have not been imposed since August 2021, in the Moscow region — from May-June. For what reason they stopped fining for exceeding the average speed, the traffic police did not explain.
Sergei Shoigu, Sergei Lavrov, Elena Shmeleva and Denis Protsenko do not plan to move to the State Duma. The only candidate from the five of the United Russia list who will take the mandate may be Anna Kuznetsova, the president intends to meet with the five, according to RBC sources.
The Bank of Russia has postponed until April 1, 2022 the application of fines against banks for violating the law banning participation in the work of undesirable non-governmental organizations (NGOs) outside the Russian Federation, which comes into force on October 1, 2021 — Izvestia
The Supreme Court of Yakutia has recognized the appointment of compulsory treatment for «shaman» Gabyshev
The Russian government did not support the indexation of pensions for working pensioners — the conclusion on the bill. According to Interfax, the government in its conclusion indicates that the indexation will require additional costs, but the deputies in the financial and economic justification for the bill did not indicate from what sources and in what order they will be covered.
Robinhood Markets Inc has said it plans to begin testing its own cryptocurrency wallets next month, with wider adoption in early 2022.
Currently, the brokerage application allows you to buy, sell and store some cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Dogecoin, and last quarter the volume of transactions in cryptocurrencies exceeded the volume of transactions in stocks for the first time.
The results of the September meeting of the US Federal Reserve:
▪️ kept the base rate at the level of 0-0.25% per annum
▪️ predicts its preservation until the end of the year, but already next year it is possible to increase
▪️ will continue to repurchase assets at $ 120 billion per month until progress in employment and inflation
▪️ forecasts for GDP and unemployment in the United States for 2021 are worsened (to 5.9% from 7% and to 4.8% from 4.5%), inflation forecasts are increased (to 4.2% from 3.4%)
▪️ The Federal Reserve stands ready to act if inflation remains elevated for a long time
▪️ stimulation of the US economy through asset repurchases may be terminated in mid-2022.
Kyrgyzstan aims to translate the document flow in the country into the Kyrgyz language, the president said. Now office work is carried out in two languages - Kyrgyz and Russian.
The Pentagon has created a regional center for the Arctic, led by retired Air Force General Randy Key
«Key will also work with partner countries to ensure a stable, rules-based order in the Arctic that will help the United States and all Arctic countries,» the US Department of Defense said.
Poland buys 250 American Abrams tanks and announced now that it will exhibit them at the Belarusian border
The son of the President of Turkmenistan, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Serdar Berdimuhamedov published a programmatic economic article in the press. According to him, over the years of independence, Turkmenistan has turned from an agrarian country into an industrially developed one.
The gas industry was named as a strategic industry, and the priority projects are the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline, power transmission lines and fiber-optic communication Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan.
The Vladimirsky court rejected Navalny’s complaint, which challenged his recognition in the colony as inclined to escape, the RIA Novosti correspondent reports from the courtroom. Navalny himself took part in the meeting via video link.
The Russian delegation to PACE was banned from free movement in Strasbourg, since the EU does not recognize Sputnik V vaccination, Senator Krugly said. Russians are allowed to move in Strasbourg only from the hotel to the assembly building.
Russia’s expenditures on servicing the state domestic debt will increase by 300 billion rubles. in 2022-2024 relative to the indicators planned in the previous budget, according to the explanatory note to the draft budget for the next three years. The Ministry of Finance of Russia expects that in 2022 the cost of servicing the state debt will grow by 35.9 billion rubles. (+ 2.6%) relative to planned, in 2023 — by 80.1 billion rubles. (+ 5%) and in 2024 — by 145.9 billion rubles. (+ 8.6%).
In just three years, the Ministry of Finance of Russia will allocate about 5 trillion rubles for servicing the state debt (we are talking about both internal and external debt): of which 1.4 trillion rubles. in 2022, 1.69 trillion rubles. in 2023 and 1.84 trillion rubles. in 2024
The US House of Representatives unanimously supported an amendment to the defense budget for the next fiscal year (starting in the country on October 1), which prohibits Americans from transactions with Russian sovereign government debt in the secondary market. The amendment was proposed by California Democrat Congressman Brad Sherman.
Australia launched Google drone delivery. At the same time, there are a number of restrictions: drones can only fly from 7 am to 8 pm, they are forbidden to fly over roads, and they also cannot come close to people.
The government of the Russian Federation approved the draft federal law on the establishment of the minimum wage (minimum wage) in the next year not lower than the subsistence level of the working-age population in the country as a whole
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In Somalia, for the first time in 30 years of civil war, a film was shown in a movie. We released two short films by a local director. Tickets were $ 10
The Verkhovna Rada adopted a law «on oligarchs». An oligarch will be someone who participates in political life, has significant influence on the media, is a beneficiary of a monopoly company and has assets of more than 1 million living wages (that is, more than $ 85 million). The law will only be valid for 10 years.
The decision on recognizing a person as an oligarch will be made by the National Security and Defense Council, for this a special register will be created. The oligarchs will be barred from funding political parties, candidates and rallies and from participating in large privatizations. Officials and heads of state-owned companies will be required to report on meetings and conversations with oligarchs. An oligarch, before starting a conversation, will have to warn that he is an oligarch.
The FSB opened a case after the theft of more than 1.6 billion rubles allocated for the rehabilitation of reservoirs in the Volgograd region under the national project «Ecology»
The companies — operators of gas transmission systems in the Czech Republic (Net4Gas), Slovakia (Eustream), Germany (OGE) and the Ukrainian gas transportation system are planning to create a hydrogen corridor from Ukraine passing through Central Europe to the western part of the Old Continent, Czech Television reports.
The initiative was named the Central European Hydrogen Corridor. It should serve to transport environmentally friendly hydrogen, the average annual production of which in Ukraine by 2035 should be 5.5 billion cubic meters.
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