Archive for April, 2011

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Thursday, April 14th, 2011

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if you are interested in some certain question about living in Russia, please, feel free to live your question in the commens to this post, we shall try to give you an answer. You are welcome!


Life is a Struggle for Russia’s Disabled People

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

When you come to Russia you will be surprised that there are no disabled people in the streets. It is not because we have no disabled people in Russia. This is because we have no facilities at all for their normal living in a society. Many disabled people in Russia, especially those who have spinal problems, spend all their days and actually spend all their lives within the four walls of their homes. Doorways and elevators are very small for wheelchairs, the staircases are almost never equipped with wheelchair ramps or any lifting devices and this is a really great problem. Metro systems, bus systems, tram systems (that is the whole public transport system) are not designed for disabled people. Besides, there wheelchairs are so old and not modern, that they hardly can be used outside their apartments. Very often when the old wheelchair is broken the disable person loses the only opportunity to move in the house.

The pensions that are payed to disabled people are very poor. They are sufficient only for food and for community charges. To buy a new wheelchair, to buy lifting devices a person has to ask for a help of the people around – to sponsor this vital important needs. Sometimes it is possible to get some help from the government, but most disabled people fail when they face too many bureaucratic procedures for a simple getting of a new wheelchair or some other help. They risk their health to pass through this cruel system.
To get little or nothing from the state disabled people have to prove day by day, week by week, month by month and year by year their disabilities. It is really nonsense when an amputee must go through dozens of procedures to confirm the disability. It is a hard job to obtain dozens of documents from dozens of doctors, then from variety of departments of social services, also residential services and many others. Visiting all these instances requires standing for hours in long lines and all these departments are also never equipped for disabled people. (more…)

Russian retirees survival

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The Pension fund of Russia is very poor. Neither President, nor Prime Minister of the country tried to survive on the sums that Russian retirees get monthly. Average monthly pension in Russia is about 8-8,5 thousand roubles. It makes only about USD 285-300. Sometimes the pension is lower – about USD 150-200. It is to be noted that monthly payments for the apartment make about the half of this sum or even more – from USD 100 to USD 150. And for eating normal food sufficient for the healthy life a person living in Russia needs no less than 2500-3000 roubles weekly!!! (This is about USD 100).
The authorities are very far away from the common people and especially from the retirees. They can not realize or do not want to realize the reality of about 40 million common retirees in Russia.

The government try to solve the problem of the lack of money in the socail funds trying to increase taxes for business. Some business in Russia is not at all Gazprom business and requires more care. Huge taxes can kill it. The business is strong mainly in large cities like Moscow or St. Petersburg – in other cities and towns of Russia peolpe work hard to make their business to be profitable. Besides, huge taxes make the business to do the following: to compensate it by increasing the prices for all kinds of products on the market and for all kinds of services also.

Most Russian retirees have nothing else to do but to survive. Some things are unreachable for them – like a vacation somewhere abroad, like private medicine, like new clothes, like buying some electronics for their houses. Having only USD 150 for the whole month they sometimes can not afford themselves meat or fruits or a bottle of good wine.

Here are the approximate prices for food:

meat – USD 10/per kilo
cheese – USD 10-15/per kilo
sausages – USD 10-15/per kilo
potatoes – USD 1,5/per kilo
apples – USD 2,00/per kilo
milk – USD 1,0 – 1,5/per kilo
tomatoes – USD 3,00 – 4,00/per kilo
bananas – USD 1,5/per kilo
bread – USD 0,80 – 2,00
sugar – USD 1,5-2,00/per kilo