Magazine article Russian Life

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Magazine article Russian Life

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Approximately 1 in 5 Russians live below the poverty level, meaning they have a monthly income less than R1,000. In rural areas, 30.4% of the population is this poor; in cities, 15.7%.

Russian's draft defense budget for 2005 is R582.1 billion, or nearly 20% of the total budget. Just R172.2 billion has been allocated to fight poverty. According to Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, funding for the Federal Security Service (FSB) grew 300% over the last four years.

In the first seven months of 2004, some 58,135 immigrants arrived in Russia from foreign countries (versus 79,128 in 2003), while 45,275 left for permanent residence abroad (54,161 in 2003). Thus, Russia had a net gain of 12,860 souls in January-July this year, versus 24,967 last year.

The Russian government plans to dole out R20.1 billion in foreign credits in 2005. The largest credit, $437.9 million, will be given to India for a nuclear power station construction project.

President Putin's proposal to abolish direct election of governors would save Russia a considerable amount of money. …

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