Peskov: it would be difficult to combat poverty in Russia

2021-02-27

An old song to a new tune

Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for the Russian president, said that the fight against poverty, the Government’s priority area is running up against major obstacles. The obstacles they had in mind, however, are not specified but the official assured that the authorities “are not going to give up.”

Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov

Journalists learned at a regular press conference from a Kremlin spokesman that solving the problem of poverty “is an absolute priority” for the country’s authorities, that work remains “an ongoing effort”. At the same time, he made it clear that several factors work against them, and things do not always work out as intended.

Well, let’s think about it this way: what measures available could the Russian Government use to eradicate poverty? For example, the introduction of a mandatory annual indexation of wages to the inflation rate, an increase in pensions and allowances, a revision of the policy regarding constantly increasing tariffs and prices could at least make life easier for ordinary people to an extent.

But in reality, we see that wages are “frozen” or falling, while prices and tariffs are constantly increasing. For example, gas prices went up again in January 2021, which will undoubtedly make things worse for the poorest. The result of such “obstacles” is an increase in the number of poor by more than a million people.

But the authorities’ concerns of Russian business and wealthy businessmen are quite evident. Due to their “concerns”, the issue of progressive taxation has been delayed indefinitely, and new proposals are constantly being voiced to improve conditions for businessmen.

And so the question is: whether the impoverishment of ordinary working people is a priority for the authorities?