Middle Urals declared the leader region for falling incomes of local citizens

2021-06-08

Updated Rosstat data shows (https://www.rbc.ru/economics/29/04/2021/608abee49a79476629102b9b) that Russians are getting poorer. It is especially difficult for the inhabitants of the Middle Urals. For example, the industrially developed Sverdlovsk region was among the leaders in terms of the rate of decline in real incomes of citizens. Sverdlovsk declined by 10.4% in the first quarter of 2021, in comparison to the pre-crisis first quarter of 2020.

At the same time, retail trade turnover also decreased – by 7.5%. People are in a situation where there is no way to spend money on “excesses”.

“In terms of dynamics, this year residents of the Sverdlovsk Region and Perm Territory, Omsk, Samara and Nizhny Novgorod, Tver, Astrakhan Regions and Nenets Autonomous Okrug are in the worst position (falling incomes of the population and retail trade turnover). In this disadvantaged group, the presence of regions with large centres with a population of one million is striking, which cannot but cause fears of the authorities before the elections, ”the Regional Politics Telegram channel notes.

Meanwhile, the administration of the Sverdlovsk region has some funds: the region is preparing for the Universiade, which will be held in Yekaterinburg in 2023. The cost of preparing and holding the event is 64.72 billion rubles, while 34.05 billion rubles will be allocated directly from the regional budget.

“Traditionally, the budget of the Middle Urals has more and more expenses on ice arenas, exhibition centers, expensive landfills and outsourcing of ambulances, all these expenses seem to be very high to many experts,” complain the journalists of the Nakanune newspaper.

Apart from ice arenas, officials always have a special budget for taxi rides. For 4 days of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2021), representatives of the Sverdlovsk region spent only 268.8 thousand rubles on a taxi. At this time, the region’s public debt exceeded 120 billion. The administration predicts that by 2026 the debt will amount to 216 billion rubles.

While residents deny themselves their usual products, guided by the wise advice of the Saratov minister about “macaroshkas (cheap pasta) that always costs the same”. Meanwhile, the institution in power is living beyond its means.