Pensioner in Russia can spend no more than $3 a day for food, Audit Chamber
The cost of clothing and footwear, as well as leisure and travel were not taken into account.
After buying medicines and paying utility bills, an average Russian pensioner has about 6,000 ($ 100) for food, that is, about 200 rubles ($ 3) per day, Svetlana Orlova, an auditor at the Audit Chamber of the Russian Federation, said in an interview with RIA Novosti. In her calculations, she did not take the cost of clothing and leisure into account.
“The average pension, which now amounts to just over 14,000 rubles ($ 215), of course, cannot provide an older person with a decent standard of living,” Orlova concluded.
The auditor noted that an average of 5,000 rubles ($ 76) is spent on housing and communal services, 2,000 rubles ($ 30) on essential medicines, and not less than a 1,000 rubles ($ 15) on personal hygiene items. At the same time, the Audit Chamber employee noted a low average salary in many regions of the Russian Federation – 20,000-25,000 thousand rubles ($ 310-380), while the pension is made up of deductions from these salaries.
According to Orlova, the implementation of the federal program on support for the older generation, which is part of the national project “Demography,” can change the situation for the better.
In May 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the development of the country until 2024, after which the government developed 13 national projects, which, according to preliminary estimates, will require about 3 trillion rubles ($ 46,1 billion) annually. On May 29, the head of the Audit Chamber, Alexey Kudrin, said that the implementation of more than 20% of the national projects had not started.