In Putin’s Russia, the average monthly wage is 30,000 rubles, or $917. That works out to $5.73 per hour and $11,000 per year.
In Obama’s America, the income below which a person is considered “poor” is $11,500.
That’s right: The poverty wage in the USA is higher than the average wage in Russia.
And don’t forget this: “average” means than many Russians earn much less than $11,000 per year. In fact, since Russia is a nation famous for billionaires who skew the average, there are a lot more people earning less than a less elitist country might have. As we reported, for instance, the average wage in the city of Vyazma, Russia, is one third the national average.