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The Horror of “Life” in Putin’s Russia Exposed

According to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, if you live in Moscow, one of the world’s most expensive cities, and have an income of $250 per month (that’s less than $10 per day), you are NOT living in poverty, but are well above that level.

According to Putin, if you are a Russian your income must be below 6,369 rubles (i.e., about $200) per month in order to claim poverty.

Putin claims that since the number of “poor” people has fallen from roughly 40 million to roughly 20 million since he took power, he is entitled to credit as a economic genius.  There are four gigantic problems with this “logic.”

First, the poverty data is being reported by Putin’s own government. Could they be trusted to report facts that were adverse to Putin? Unlikely.

Second, nobody can live on $200 per month in Moscow or any other cosmopolitan area of Russia, it’s an absurd and bizarre fantasy to suggest that someone who earns $210 per month is “not poor.”

Third, any changes in Russia during the Putin years are due to just one factor:  The rising price of crude oil.  Were it not for this factor, over which Putin has no control whatsoever, Russia would be in stasis.  If anything, Putin’s lack of experience with economics and business has only meant that Russia has reaped far fewer benefits from the rising price of oil than it would have if it had been led by a more competent ruler.

And fourth, most importantly, the notion that someone who moves from $190 per month to $210 per month has now experienced a life-changing alteration of living conditions is literally insane.  The fact that 20 million people have done this in Putin’s Russia, even if true, means absolutely nothing.

As has always been the case in Russia, because the people of the country demand nothing more, the Kremlin prefers to spew forth lies and disinformation rather than to pursue real reform that would actually make Russia a better country.

54 responses to “The Horror of “Life” in Putin’s Russia Exposed

  1. Beetlejuice ⋅

    Two decades of “democracy” in action. Funny, these people were told repeatedly by Radio “Free Europe” that if they embraced such a system they’d all be living a Beverly Hills lifestyle. But you gotta hand it to Putin though with his taking of American values to another level: making Russia’s one percent richer than America’s one percent.

  2. La cucaracha, la cucaracha, The cockroach, the cockroach,
    ya no puede caminar can’t walk anymore
    porque le falta, porque no tiene because he lacks, because
    he doesn’t have
    las dos patitas de atrás. Da two rear legs

    CucarachaJuice…forget about reviving the Soviet “Worker Paradise” even Vlad “Stalinovitch” Poutine will never manage it!

    I remember Tupolev’s Aeronautical engineers where paid $20.00 a month…plus a garden plot to be able to eat…while at Canadair(General Dynamics at the time) our engineers where paid $8,000.00 a month, at the time…quit dreaming, your Tupolev’s guys will never go for that again!

    • Beetlejuice ⋅

      El Mingsito, El Mingsito (Little Ming, little Ming).
      Siempre piensa en el culo (Always thinks from his ass)
      (Because he lacks a brain in his head)
      Es lleno de mierda (its just full of dung).

      El Mingsito, El Mingsito
      Ya no puede mas pensar
      Porque no tiene, cebrero en la cabeza
      Sus padres eran hermanos.

      “I remember Tupolev’s Aeronautical engineers where paid $20.00”

      Yet even at that the Soviet Union had virtually no homelessness, and a low crime rate.

  3. siber_troll ⋅

    Russia needs to be abolished

  4. siber_troll ⋅

    what to do with population? it is orthodox, empire-simpathizing, prone to crime.

  5. mingthemerciless ⋅

    Russians will eventually behave like the Dermestidae beetles used in laboratories to strip flesh from skeletons…when they are done with the skeleton’s flesh, they eat each others until there is only one left who then shrivel and die.

    So, after stripping all resources from the land, Russians will eat each others until only one little blond chinless Poutine is left…we will find Vladimir’s shrunk mummy eventually and place it next to Stalin!

  6. siber_troll ⋅

    clear vision

  7. Western imbecilty trying to have it both ways, as usual. Putin poses a problem to the West, not to Russia and its people. Enter the Western idiots savants here with their ludicrous pretensions of ‘internationalism’ and ‘solidarity’ with the Russian people. You’re fooling absolutely no-one but yourselves, litle dullards of Western petty bourgeois descent.

    Oh, by the way, have you heard the joke about when Kim Zigfeld met Vladimir Putin over in Smolensk in April 2010, looking at the smouldering aircraft wreckage?

    K.Z: — Putin, you swine! You were behind that plane crash! Confess!!!

    V.P: — Sure thing, whoever-you-are. And then what?

    K.Z: — DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!?!

    V.P: — Damn, damn, damn. I thought YOU were aboard that plane. Pity the Psheks.

    I wouldn’t be the slightest surprised if quite a few of you were to believe in the above, so please let your hearts out 🙂

    • Bogdan from Aussie ⋅

      Manfi von Untermensch, KGB was trying for 50 years to convince Poles that those were Germans behind the Katyn masacre.

      Everyone with at least three functioning brain cells knew what the truth was.

      • Bogdan from Aussie ⋅


      • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

        Hence, your brain-cell count stops ahead of 3. Sort of what I suspected all along. Deeply regret to inform you too that Westerners are generally totally unconcerned with the Psheks’ hollow sob-stories. To Westerners, WW2 is entirely anglo-centric, period.

        Last but not least: Yes, Putin’s perspicacity and shrewdness do stem from his KGB antecedents. Hence my poem to the KGB’s glory. It’s 100% serious.

        • Bogdan from Aussie ⋅

          Herr Fotzgehirn, we all know that your explosions of hysteria derive from your deep placed anxiety about Rosha’s (I love noble Russians though) future,

          You feel that the inglorious end of your dream about the return of Russian empire is nearing.

          In the same way animals sense the incoming earthquake.

          The entire strategy of your god and owner Vlad The Bloody Putin of rebuilding the power of Russia is based on artificially inflated prices of oil and gas.

          Those are bound to collapse very soon as Romney as spineless and cowardly as he is, shall embark on the long but sure way towards America’s energy independence.

          Your beloved Russ-putin shall end up binging as shrewedly as perspically on his own $hit.

          And you with him together.

          I know it, you know it and I know that you know that.

          End of story…

        • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

          And where do your ‘perspicacity’ and ‘shrewdness’ come from, dear? Some Lycée de Merde Pure Catholique in Arschau, Pshekistan? Next to Putin and Russia, you’re a non-entity for all the world to see.

          Q: Why does Bogdan keep on posting so much useless psychobabble?

          A: By Pshek standards, Bogdan is writing his PhD Thesis, mind you.

          • Bogdan from Aussie ⋅

            Poor Scheissenschwanz! He is hallucinating again. Have you swilled too much PUTINOVKA?

            I wonder, what shall be the state of your already insane mind when the prices of oil fall below 60-50$ per barrel?

            Putler will be KAPUTT!

            KGB/GRU scum will be KAPUTT!

    • Beetlejuice ⋅

      Putin is little more than a thorn on the side of the West. A pain in their ass if you will. Much like Charles de Gaulle.

    • MCC ⋅

      manfred, russkiye barakhlo why oh why this pathological obssession with Poland? I understand, dearie, it is almost impossible for the russian/mongolians to accept that Poland singlehandedly destroyed Soviet communist crap and since Polish Solidarity russia is slowly disintegrating. Monsieur Putain went to Canossa – read China – and totally accepted China’s dominance over Russia. From now on russia is a provider of commodities to China until China decides to truly take over the russian territory stolen from China – SIBERIA… Talking about planes – four planes dropping off the ‘friendly russian skies’ is priceless – it makes more daily causulties than during the Battle of Britain…By the way, putin had already two near-misses why flying one in Poland and one in Kazakhstan……..

      • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅


        Thanks Pshek for agreeing and laughthszczing with me. Have you made your yearly sex slave trip to the Vatican as yet? Any interesting toilet or dog food dissertations?

        Have you found some Russian pen friends too, perchance? Anyway, mccusa — let’s have a looong nice chat as before. As you know, I do like Pshek psychobabble 😀

        Cada joven polaca muy guápa
        Estará una puta del papa

  8. Nick ⋅

    Total bull shit^ no other words… numbers were taken out of nowhere… I don’t want even comment this…

  9. Nick ⋅

    Even street cleaner in Moscow has around 15000-20000 rubles, which is around 500$… Areas out of Moscow is another question… Though prices out of Moscow is way lower… I mean cmon it’s an interesting blog if you write the truth… Why no topic about Pussy Riot? I would love to chat about them and hear your logical statements

    • Beetlejuice ⋅

      Pussy Riot is a punk band. Punk bands tend not to be U.S neocon friendly. Kim Zigfeld and her little club of Russophobes have their little list of victims that they couldn’t care less what the Putin regime does to them. Violence against Gay Pride in Russia is another topic you won’t find them bitching about.

      • Bogdan from Aussie ⋅

        Why should Kim be so protective of ARSCHFIKERS?

        In the West majority of those folks out of the hatred towards the democracy and capitalism ally themselves with anyone who is the enemy of America, even with ISLAMOFASCISTS and even when those barbarians hang the gays on anything the rope can be attached to.

        • Beetlejuice ⋅

          You really are an ignorant pile of Polak shit. As I always thought, you Russophobes are totally selective in your crocodile tears about who ends up in Putin’s prisons. Punk bands stand for democracy for ALL, people like you on the other hand only extend approve of democratic rights as long as it doesn’t challenge your religion-induced conservatism. Punks have never allied themselves with Islamic fundamentalists (which people like YOU supported in Afghanistan and the Balkans). Punks are against wars for profit and neo-colonialism: Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya. You’d burn gays to the stake if didn’t give a damn about your image. Typical Polak mentality.

          Did you hear about the last big tragedy that took place in Poland?
          There was a power outtage in Poland’s largest shopping mall, and people were stuck on the escalators for 4 hours.

          Why did the Polish family freeze to death outside the theatre?
          They were waiting to see the movie “Closed for the Winter”.

          Who wears a dirty white robe and rides a pig?
          Lawrence of Poland

          Who wears a forest ranger’s hat and carries a can of kerosene?
          Stanislaw the Fire Prevention Bear of the Polish National Forest Service.

          • Bohdan ⋅

            Hey cockroach turd! don’t ever try to be a comedian! as your warped sense of “Septic Tank” – i.e. rhymes with Yank – lack of humor is woeful and will result in another dismal failure – you know like the one you are now. Face the music comrade, your tasteless stories are pure crap, but then I understand why? as they go well with your name.

            By the way did you hear about the two communist septic tanks, i.e. Americans, that the Russians sent on a space mission to be the first ‘untermensch’ to land on the sun? Everything was timed for a night landing so that they did not burn up!!!

            In the meantime, it’s back to the kinder garden for you. This time try, ever so hard, to learn something useful comrade.

          • MCC ⋅

            KGB Beetlejuice, these jokes above, pathetic little russian pig, were jokes about revolting, smelly soviet half humans, these jokes were circulated all over Central Europe. I remember the first visits of our soviet ‘masters’ in Poland – the whole Poland was in shock – people cried and laughted – first came odors – odors of urine, excrements, vodka and NEVER washed soviet bodies; then the visual delights followed; we watched with total disbelief those soviet baboons with slanted eyes, flat mongolian faces, flat noses, no teeth, marching through the streets of Warsaw. WE IN POLAND SAW THE FIRST-HANDED THE CLASH OF BARBARIC RUSSIA WITH CIVILIZED EUROPE…

    • MCC ⋅

      NIck, haven’t you noticed that Moscow is, in reality, Central Asian muslim city 8 out of 10 inhabitants of moscow are muslims including street cleaners…PRICELESS…

  10. mingthemerciless ⋅

    La Cucaracha:
    “Putin is little more than a thorn on the side of the West. A pain in their ass if you will. Much like Charles de Gaulle.”

    Yo! La Cucaracha…how’d you get these flashes of genius?

    Actually, It’s more like a tiny sliver of wood, not much of a thorn…like the long pig Degôll, Vlad belong more on a cannibal spit than in company of humans…these chinless dwarves are particularly despicable…at least the long pig gave his communist masters a crick in the neck…

    • MCC ⋅

      Every time I see that pathetic due of midgets – putin and medvedev I think of the best past time in California – MIDGIT TOSSING COMPETITION – I can see these two dimunitive pieces of crap flying ….

  11. siber_troll ⋅

    clear picture given by mingthemerciless. again thank you for honest anatomy of my society.

  12. siber_troll ⋅

    fear, anger, hopelessness arise when study life under russian law. something must be done with all that socialist mafia

    • Bogdan from Aussie ⋅

      siber_troll, don’t despair my friend. It looks like in the not so far furure you shall have an opportunity to elect Sarah Palin as your Goveror.

      She shall make you the most prosperous and happiest people on Earth.

      • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

        What’s in it for a barking, drooling Pshek in Australia? Minister of Unimaginativr Psychobabble?

        • Bogdan from Aussie ⋅

          Very simple Sehr Geehrte Graf Schwanz von Schwein.

          The noble folk from Sibiria look at their sister state of ALASKA and see how wonderful life the people over there live.

          They want and they feel that they deserve the same.

          They’ve got the resources and they’ve got they manpower.

          What they need is a right, honest and uncorrupt leadership.

          Sarah Palin who has led Alaska to an unprecedented prosperity (she has created the highest per capita budged surplus in America’s history) is an ideal candidate.

          She is also my hero.

          Just ask her my Sibirian Friends, she will help you.

          Obviously though, you have to get rid of PUTVEDEV first.

          • siber_troll ⋅

            Sara Palin ideally suits to rule with any country. problem is how to get rid of PUTVEDEV being alone prodemocratic procapitalist voter in Siberia.

            • siber_troll ⋅

              Sara Palin as head of Siberia a genious idea, a sweet dream of any thinking soviet citizen. Bogdan has you advice how to turn this dream to reality?

              • Bogdan from Aussie ⋅

                Ha, ha, ha..! In my dreams I have lots of really good ideas…

                However, if the price of oil fall below 60-50$ per barrel and Putin’s ar$e catches the fire, anything will be possible…

                “We have dreams…” – Martin Luther King.

  13. siber_troll ⋅
    young pilots run away from russian army: troubles with salary.

    good sign.

  14. mingthemerciless ⋅

    Check the gold fixtures on Vlad “Stalinovitch” Poutine’s business jet:
    Biz-Jets all have quick detach gold fixtures…a feature intended for the SHTF(Shit Hit The Fan apocalypse soon to be universal)Soooo herezzz Vamp Pooty Poot Stalinovitch Poutine very own detachable gold fixtures:(Everything INCLUDING the sink!)

  15. mingthemerciless ⋅

    In his giant AirForceOneski, Pooty Poot get his square pants ironed next to his gold table:

  16. mingthemerciless ⋅

    Even when spending hundreds of millions on Pooty Poot’s transportation, the sons of the Soviets still manage to look cheap and crummy despite all the gold trimmings!!
    Look at Sonya Syphillis’ cockpit, I had a better looking cockpit in a fifty years old DC-8…Sure, Tupolev or Sukhoi can build a flying Potemkin village that look like the latest Boeing or Airbus but I dont think Poot Poot wanna crash on the side of a mountain as they do!

    • Bohdan ⋅

      I’ve had Ukrainian and Australian friends that have flown ‘Aeroflop’ (on account that their planes keep falling out of the skies regularly) and they all said that the noise level inside the Russian planes made it hard to talk about anything in common. And that there was no comparison possible between Russian aircraft and the American counterparts.

      So much so for Soviet and present day Russian ‘wonder’ technology! Come to think – technology? What technology?

      • MCC ⋅

        What a fiendish pleasure it is for Polish people to watch the stupid, barbaric, revolting russians humiliate themselves on a daily basis – failed satellite launches, etc.,here is my favorite; ‘victory parade in moscow’ – this, unfortunately, is only once a year. Russians are not only barbaric revolting murderers but also pathetic, pitiful clowns……

      • MCC ⋅

        I propose to book a one way ticket for the little excrement called manfred – on SUKHOI; Jakarta Airport – Jakarta volcano……

        • Bohdan ⋅

          MCC, we should include a few more sane contributors to your excellent idea for communist comrade fired/sacked ex-Stasi, manfred. My suggestions are to include the unemployable and brain dead redneck from the Ozark Mountains in U.S.A. – a) CockroachTurd and last but not least b) Rare_F5_Twister.

          However, I suspect that they may smell something afoot is we buy them a one way ticket? Better to waste the money for return tickets, where upon they will suspect nothing, and rush in their headlong haste to take advantage of this free windfall at the cost to the workers of the free world.

          Think! we will get rid of “three birds of a feather” at the same time, so to speak, and do humanity a momentous favor.

          • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

            Trigonometry, Bohdan. Don’t waste your precious time writing all these silly, boring rants. You’re on your way onto something REALLY big by way of your first major scientific breakthrough to which I gave the due name of “Bohdan’s Lemma” and to which I also provided a not-so-insignificant corollary. Maths is science, Russophobia not. Go make something useful of your life, at long last.

          • Rare_F5_Twister ⋅

            Bohdan, your physician misguided you. Apparently, in fact all the verbal barfing and diarrhea along with all the bullshit you are trying to shovel down other’s throats can’t slow your brain cancer down. While you are circling the drain, poor thing, you’d better spend some precious time with your family, though I seriously doubt that anyone being compos mentis would dare to have an affair with a meningitic goat such as you definitely are.

  17. Dmitry ⋅

    “First, the poverty data is being reported by Putin’s own government. Could they be trusted” – sure not. We have a better data. We always do, ask us.

    “Third, any changes in Russia during the Putin years are due to just one factor: The rising price of crude oil.” – Exactly. And his KGB past, let’s not forget it. Or is it unimportant, if we say that all changes were due to oil prices? I got confused… Anyways, Putin *was* bad for the country? Or was it just rising oil prices? This whole thing is sooo confusing..

    6,369 rubles, $200 poverty threshold – sounds like a disaster. Say, in the world’s wealthiest country, the US, a PT is more like $19,090 a year for a family of three. Which makes a perfect sum of $530 a month. Now, if you look at the PPP of Ruble, you’ll see that approximately 14 Rubles in Russia buy you what goods and services one dollar buys in the US. Which makes it $520 against $454. So, $454 was a disastrous dictatorship. What is $520?

    • Rare_F5_Twister ⋅

      The original post is about Moscow and the cost of living in Moscow is much higher than Russia’s or the US average.

      • Dmitry

        F5, that’s absurd. Those ratings you think about describe “cost of life for foreigners coming to the city”. It’s just they newspaper guys often shorten the phrase, but check yourself.

        Look, I pay slightly above $160 for all public utilities, for a two-bedroom flat – landline, electricity, wifi, heating, gaz, water, TV, and so on. Subway entrance ticket costs less than $1, and you may travel as long as you need. Gasoline, octane 95 is less than $1 too. And I just went to a grocery shop, and, believe me, prices are noticeably lower than in the EU.

        So what you say about the cost of living is wrong, really. It’s much lower, if you are a local, compared to any EU state.

  18. Dmitry

    One more thing. Can’t see why the quality of life during Putin’s reign (famous for the rising oil prices) did not improve in Britain.

    Because Britain produces 30 bbl/day per 1000 people, where Russia produces 62 bbl/day.

    Two-fold difference, right. On the other side, all those awful effects of the Putin’s tyranny Kin was describing in detail. So, where’s the growth in Britain?

  19. Anna ⋅

    Alas and alack, this is true. On the Victory day(May, 9) I saw a veteran begging for money. What a shame.

  20. Jong

    You have to try 3single (dot) com. There you can talk to amateur women who look like your neighbor. Have fun 🙂

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