Starting January 1, the minimum monthly wage in Russia will be $87 a month, the Moscow Times reported yesterday.
According to Rosstat, as of September, the average monthly wage in Russia was $463.
And yet Russian armed forces are for some reason bombing something and somebody to kingdom come in Syria.
That must cost a lot of money. I will not even ask where it comes from.
The really crazy thing is this no doubt super expensive bombing campaign is almost completely unopposed by the Russian population, who actually live in one of the richest countries in the world but are “happy” to live like paupers.
Eighty-seven dollars a month.
By the way, in its constitution (now mostly honored in the breach), the Russian Federation identifies itself as a “social state.”
What does that even mean when you are making between eighty-seven and four hundred sixty-three dollars a month in cities, such as Moscow and Petersburg, where the cost of living (minus the rent if you happen to own your own abode) is comparable to the cost of living in European and North American cities?
Something has got to give.
Or does it?