French Media: Why Poor Russians Live in Rich Russia


Depressing economic the situation of a large part of the Russian population, aggravated by the covid pandemic, surprises many Western experts. Glitter and poverty, deep social stratification and inequality in Russia make one wonder about the reasons for what is happening.


According to the newspaper Le Monde, the macroeconomic indicators of the Russian Federation are currently at a relatively high level. Thus, the country's budget is in surplus, the national debt does not exceed 18 percent of GDP, the volume of international reserves is $ 618 billion - this amount would be enough for the country for two and a half years.

At the same time, at the beginning of this year, the poverty level of Russians was just over 13 percent. According to Rosstat, 62 percent of the population only has enough money for food and clothing.

Rich Russia, poor Russians. This paradox is not new if we talk about the gap between the splendor of the royal court and the terrible poverty of the serfs.

- believes the French edition.

One of the explanations for this paradox is the structure of the Russian economy, in which one third of the budget is filled with money from the sale of hydrocarbons in foreign markets. Such a model has little to do with economic growth and does not contribute to the country's prosperity, Le Monde said. Thus, the incomes of those who directly benefit from “raw money” - civil servants and security officials - are increasing.

Another reason for poverty in the Russian Federation is the principle of distribution of budgetary funds, as a result of which 72 out of 85 regions of the country are subsidized. The surplus from energy trade is not used to support the private sector and the poor. Even for national projects dear to the heart of Vladimir Putin, money is often allocated in reduced amounts.

Economic prosperity is hampered by the lack of competition both in the conduct of state tenders and in the economic sphere in general. The situation is aggravated by the fact that the state does not want to carry out reforms necessary for the people (for example, in the judicial and tax spheres), fearing the consequences.
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  1. Vladimir_ Voronov (Vladimir) 13 October 2021 16: 42
    +3
    I see a speck in someone else's eye, but I don't notice in my log

    Until recently, Algeria was a French colony in Africa, and today Algeria is on the outskirts of Paris.
    Understand your problems and life in Russia will be better. And the author of the article, who retold this Russophobic article, himself would try to check their "tsifiriya".
    1. Rico1977 Offline Rico1977
      Rico1977 (Alexander) 13 October 2021 23: 16
      +3
      Yes, in many respects it is their fault that our standard of living has collapsed so much. "Thank you" to them for the sanctions of Western creatures. After the Crimea, they piled them on us, almost destroyed the banking system, destroyed the ruble twice. And it was still a normal option in comparison with the alternatives .. And now they are still surprised. Hypocritical, lying creatures.
  2. Alsur Offline Alsur
    Alsur (Alexey) 13 October 2021 16: 52
    +2
    Quote: Vladimir_Voronov
    I see a speck in someone else's eye, but I don't notice in my log

    Until recently, Algeria was a French colony in Africa, and today Algeria is on the outskirts of Paris.
    Understand your problems and life in Russia will be better. And the author of the article, who retold this Russophobic article, himself would try to check their "tsifiriya".

    Write everything correctly. France at one time gave freedom to Tunisia and some of its other colonies, on the condition of their financial dependence on France. In other words, their robbery continues. So France completely controls the production of hydrocarbons in these countries and much more. How much is their share in the budget? Let the author try to answer.
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 13 October 2021 17: 29
    -4
    Take all our migrants. All or most of the money earned is sent back to their homeland. And only our oligarchs, together with the government, are trying to withdraw "everything that was acquired by back-breaking labor." Some steal others help them.

    The cost of transactions more than halved, from 2,1 percent to 1 percent, although it averages 6,4 percent for Europe and Central Asia. The most profitable were transfers from Russia to Georgia

    https://lenta.ru/news/2021/05/13/vigodno/

    Russian companies transferred 4,3 trillion rubles in dividends, interest and royalties abroad

    https://www.kp.ru/daily/27277/4411621/

    Thieves rule. And they rule not according to the laws, but according to the concepts: "So that we have everything, and so that we have nothing for it!"

    If you are smart or rich, live for the good of people.
    This, a test for you, God presented on a platter.
    If the people do not have freedom, then they rule them.
    The wise see far away, he will not jump high.
    If you are not trained and do not know, talk about it boldly,
    with your arrogance and arrogance, look no trouble.
    We'll all get what we deserve, this wisdom is visible to everyone,
    we are all stepping on a rake, this is an experience forever.
  4. NikolayN Offline NikolayN
    NikolayN (Nikolai) 13 October 2021 19: 35
    +1
    The French simply have no idea how rich Russia is. They never dreamed of this. Our people do not live as badly as they imagine it, but bringing our salaries to the average European level is not a difficult task. Why are pensions declining year after year, average wages, if measured in $ or €, medium business is not working and the service sector, the basis of the economy of any developed country in the world, is not developed? It is corny that the population has no money. If there is no demand, there is no supply either. This is the result of a deliberate action by the central bank and the financial and economic sector of the country's government. How to increase the country's GDP by 40-50% in the next 2 to 3 years. The answer is well known: to pour money into the real economy, the real economy is private business, it is a rich people. No intrigues of any Ukraine, Poland, Germany and America to a country with a rich population are not that terrible, they simply will not be noticed. We have nearly 43 million retirees. If pensions are increased 2-3 times in the next two years, then the country's GDP due to the explosive growth of private business will grow not by 40-50%, but 1,5-2 times, and already due to GDP growth, the average wages for the country will be at the level of $ 4-5 thousand, and average pensions - $ 1,5-2 thousand.
    1. Kim Rum Eun Offline Kim Rum Eun
      Kim Rum Eun (Kim Rum Yn) 13 October 2021 20: 08
      -2
      This is the result of a deliberate action by the central bank and the financial and economic sector of the country's government.

      Who exactly nominates and appoints the prime minister? approves the composition of the government and the Central Bank?
    2. Adler77 Online Adler77
      Adler77 (Denis) 13 October 2021 21: 21
      +1
      Where do you get such experts ...
      Your method will lead to hyper inflation and nothing more.
      Private business of retirees? It has been a long time since I was so surprised.
      1. DV tam 25 Offline DV tam 25
        DV tam 25 (DV tam 25) 14 October 2021 02: 56
        -2
        Will not. Learn materiel.
        1. Adler77 Online Adler77
          Adler77 (Denis) 14 October 2021 07: 20
          +1
          I taught that, and you are actually a professor of economics? Or can you give an example in which country the increase in pensions caused the explosive growth of small business or GDP? They don't write something like that in textbooks.
          1. DV tam 25 Offline DV tam 25
            DV tam 25 (DV tam 25) 14 October 2021 12: 24
            -2
            You're comparing warm to soft. It’s not about an increase in pensions and the explosive growth of small businesses. If you taught everything well, you should understand that all possible successes are absolutely impossible in the current economic model in Russia. And the essence of the problem is not Putin's authoritarianism, but most likely his unwillingness to change the current model. But nobody knows whose this unwillingness). Everyone is nodding to the authorities, but who else? I wrote to you not to claim. In the textbooks? Which ones?) ABC?)
  5. In France, too, there are enough homeless people, they call them clochards
  6. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 13 October 2021 22: 51
    0
    Le Monde and anonymous authors simply do not know that we have an unprecedented increase in salaries, wealth, living standards and life expectancy))))

    Crowds of Frenchmen rush to buy a summer house or apartment in Biryulyovo, Chechnya, Kamchatka, but they are simply not allowed there .... So they get angry, they cannot repeat Depardieu's success with Kadyrov ...))))
    1. Ulysses Online Ulysses
      Ulysses (Alexey) 15 October 2021 15: 55
      0
      Crowds of Frenchmen rush to buy a summer house or apartment in Biryulyovo, Chechnya, Kamchatka, but they are simply not allowed there .... So they get angry, they cannot repeat Depardieu's success with Kadyrov ...))))

      In Kamchatka, the French simply have nothing to do.
      Unless only as rich tourists.

      I have not seen Russians rushing to the Arab quarters of Paris, Lyon and other problem areas of France.

      In France there are dachas in our understanding of this term ??
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 15 October 2021 16: 10
        0
        This is all nitpicking about the meaning of words.

        But in terms of meaning ... Our senator-billionaire was rescued precisely from France, like, for the machinations from the dachas ... ah, with the hacienda ...

        Yes, and Courchevel is the birthplace of the Russian elite, it seems there ...
        1. Ulysses Online Ulysses
          Ulysses (Alexey) 15 October 2021 21: 38
          0
          This is all nitpicking about the meaning of words.
          But in terms of meaning ... Our senator-billionaire was rescued precisely from France, like, for the machinations from the dachas ... ah, with the hacienda ...

          You see, what a deal.
          For the people here, people are not "moaning" either.

          There is enough money for the Internet, they are not concerned about the time frame, apparently from a lack of work. winked
          1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
            Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 16 October 2021 11: 04
            0
            1) This is another question, not on the original discussion.
            2) This is sophistry. Can be deployed anywhere. Few commentators? then the crowd of "poor" do not even have computers to scold the site.
            3) and the "needy" - and this is also conditional.
            "I am offended for the state" - remember, "the needy" said? and sacrificed his life?
            1. Ulysses Online Ulysses
              Ulysses (Alexey) 17 October 2021 19: 19
              0
              Sophistry, conventionally, deploy anywhere ...
              Personally Sergey Latyshev very poor ??

              Or will we start the old songs of the Russian liberda again?
              1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
                Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 17 October 2021 23: 34
                0
                And, right there they got personal and started to cheat?

                This is familiar. This is exactly what is spelled out in all training manuals.
                1. Ulysses Online Ulysses
                  Ulysses (Alexey) 19 October 2021 22: 41
                  0
                  The fighter for the rights of all the orphan and the poor himself apparently does not live in poverty.

                  Otherwise, we would have heard a long and sad story in a completely different style ..

  7. Rico1977 Offline Rico1977
    Rico1977 (Alexander) 13 October 2021 23: 14
    +2
    Thank you for sanctioning Western creatures. After the Crimea, they piled them on us, almost destroyed the banking system, destroyed the ruble twice. And it was still a normal option in comparison with the alternatives .. And now they are still surprised. Hypocritical, lying creatures.
  8. Alexander Klevtsov (alexander klevtsov) 14 October 2021 09: 47
    -1
    Because with power at all levels, some BARYGS who work only for themselves, plus oligarchs who rake the country to the ground, this shoble is not up to the poor people ...
  9. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 14 October 2021 14: 20
    +2
    There is no paradox, a natural consequence of the concentration of capital in the hands of a small part of the population after the Yeltsyn coup d'etat and the creation of a class of large owners-oligarchs who were endowed with entire branches of former public property and were also made by satraps in the regions, and the consequences of this will never be obliterated.
    The structure of the Yeltsyn economy was typical of colonial state formations, but with the arrival of Vladimir Putin, it began and continues to change from Yeltsyn's 80% to the current 30%, and what will happen after his departure depends on whether the state will be able to retain control over the RUIE or RUIE will get out of control and will run the state. It will be worse only if the internal feuds of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs lead to a civil war and the disintegration of the Russian Federation into specific holdings.
    There has never been a uniform development of states and territories, there is nowhere in the world and there never will be, by virtue of the law of uneven political and economic development. This predetermines the concentration of capital and the presence of subsidized regions.
    Theorists argue about the absence of competition, while entrepreneurs live in a competitive environment. The local participant always wins in tenders, because in order to equalize the chances, foreign participants create one-day companies, cooperate with local ones, and look for other options.
    The people want the crooks to go to jail, but as soon as they come to the attention of the law enforcement agencies, they start screaming about politically motivated persecutions, buy a pack of defenders and, on formal grounds, excuse themselves from punishment. Is it conceivable when the accusation is on a hundred or two volumes, and therefore a reform is needed so that formalism and verbiage do not blur the essence.
  10. Anna Tim Offline Anna Tim
    Anna Tim (Anna) 15 October 2021 14: 21
    0
    They are right. But the reason lies in the fact that the Central Bank does not give money for the development of industry, although they are in sufficient, even excessive amounts. What's in the way? Subordination of the Central Bank is not to the President, but to the IMF, which does everything (it is an instrument in the hands of our enemies) so that Russia remains a raw material appendage - a cash cow. Only nationalization by means of expropriation from the oligarchs "acquired by overwork" (this is their money in the Russian economy) can solve the problem of raising industry and, accordingly, the well-being of the people. But this is a revolution that the authorities are afraid of. Even the introduction of a lump-sum tax, as elsewhere in the civilized world, is constantly rejected. For the same reason - the fear of the intrigues of our powerful oligarchs lobbying for their interests in politics.
  11. Ulysses Online Ulysses
    Ulysses (Alexey) 15 October 2021 14: 58
    -1
    Rich Russia, poor Russians. This paradox is not new if we talk about the gap between the splendor of the royal court and the terrible poverty of the serfs.

    - believes the French edition.

    The French edition decided to announce a new version of the Soviet "pardon" about empty shelves and full refrigerators in houses?
    I have lived in this paradigm all my life and do not see anything paradoxical.

    And "fighters with party privileges" for the most part died out back in the 90s. smile
  12. Lyudmila Ol Offline Lyudmila Ol
    Lyudmila Ol (Lyudmila Olkhovskaya) 15 October 2021 16: 29
    +1
    Euroidiots do not see the chaos at home and the poor, but they do not get tired of composing fables about Russia! First, put things in order for yourself, you deceitful bastards, there is no need to climb into someone else's house. Get your trash heaps off the streets, stop lying!