Monday, March 14, 2005

Russia - Rich and poor

Russia: "of the seven 'oligarchs' who control virtually all of the country's business, six are Jewish."

"Between 50 and 80 percent of the Russian economy is said to be in Jewish hands."

Vladimir Volkov and Julia Dänenberg wrote about Russia in WSWS, 11 March 2005:

Up to 40% of the Russian population lives below the poverty line - monthly income less than 30 euros, or $38.

At the end of 2003, average monthly income was 60 euros/$77 a month.

The incidence of tuberculosis in Russia is 10 times higher than in Europe.

Since the beginning of the 1990s, 8 million Russians have died prematurely.

The average Russian man can presently expect to live only to 58.

Today, the minimum wage covers only 27 percent of what is needed to sustain an adult of working age. In the Soviet Union, the minimum wage amounted to one-and-a-half times the minimum required consumption.

The wealthy include Roman Abramovich, governor of of Chukotka and owner of a controlling interest in the Russian oil giant Sibneft.

Russia is ranked third in the world for the number of billionaires.

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