Two days ago, Rosstat published the results of a large-scale study of the well-being of Russians. The numbers were very disappointing.
The 2018 report states that 79.5% of families have difficulty buying essential things.
So, half of the respondents said that they could not afford to go somewhere on vacation for a week at least once a year. Every fourth family cannot invite guests to celebrate a birthday or a New Year.
More than half of Russian families (53%) reported that they could not cope with unexpected expenses, for example, expenses for urgent housing repairs, and a third (35.4% of respondents) mentioned difficulties with purchasing two pairs of suitable seasonal shoes for each family member ( one for each season).
In the Kremlin, however, the published figures were surprised.
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, in particular, expressed bewilderment why the welfare of Russians is measured by the possibility of buying shoes.
“I find it difficult to comment on this.
Why on shoes? Why exactly the thirds and where are these figures from? ”- Peskov answered the request of journalists to comment on the relevant data of Rosstat, adding that“ I would also be grateful to Rosstat for clarifying this data ”.
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