Magazine article Russian Life

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Magazine article Russian Life

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"Set the dollar as it was in Soviet times, at 65 kopeks, and everything will be back to normal."

Lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky, arguing that the dollar is "overvalued" at nearly 70 rubles, having doubled in value versus the Russian ruble since early 2014. (Interfax)

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"You can't look at what happened during another era from today's standpoint ... That proposal is simply nonsense."

Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev dismissing a proposal by top lawmakers to draft a statement criticizing the "annexation" of East Germany by West Germany after the fall of Berlin Wall. (Interfax)

824 animals were born in the Moscow Zoo in 2014, including tigers, leopards and polar bears. In 2015, the zoo (see Russian. Life Sept/Oct 2014) is planning a large spider exhibit and is launching a crowdfunding campaign for scientific research. The zoo also announced it will increase the price of entry to 400 rubles for adults.

190.5 million tickets were sold by Russian cinemas in 2014. This is 0.2 percent less than 2013. It is the first decrease in sales since 2002. (Movie Research)

51 % of Russians feel prices are rising because of the falling ruble; 37% say falling oil prices; 27% say speculations and machinations of crooks; 23% named fall in economic output; 22% attributed it to the Russian embargo and Western sanctions.

76% of Russians say that inflation is having a significant impact on their standard of living. 70 percent of these say they are sustaining their standard of living, 30 percent say things are getting worse. …

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