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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Russian poverty can appear only instead of other benefits

Of intent to enter poverty benefits according to the Ministry of Finance to say, such benefits exist in many civilized countries, it is time for us to catch up to the European level.

photo: Natalia Muslinkina

Of course, long overdue. In the last 2-3 years the number of Russians living below the poverty line increased by 13 %. Because of the crisis, the already low incomes of the population began to decline – this at a recent meeting of the stabilization of the domestic economy, said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Read the Trillion on poverty: perspective of introduction of benefits for the poor was illusory

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? The information that there will be poverty benefits was very handy. Who can qualify for such touching concern authorities about a person?

While still not written in stone. The three-year budget, which is discussed now in the government and Parliament, means it is not mortgaged. But it is clear that to prove the right to the financial assistance will not be easy.

For starters, the lawyers together with economists to give a clear definition of “needs”. What it is, what is the threshold? It is known that in our country everyone has a need. Then the officials will examine all the property and assets of the candidate for the benefit of family, close and distant relatives. And if they will be the same unfortunates, then…

About the prospects of financial innovation we asked to speak to the doctor of economic Sciences, Deputy Director of the Institute of world economy and international relations Yevgeniy GONTMAKHER:

– Handbook on poverty is a good tool that exists in many countries of the world. Of course we need to support this population, especially since over the last 2-3 years it has increased significantly.

However, I still difficult to judge about this initiative, any details not made public. The strange thing is that the idea comes not from somewhere, and from the bowels of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation: the Ministry, which by definition had no money. It’s not because our Treasury something special. Financial Ministry in the world, and is intended to speak – no money!

Therefore, I do not believe that the Cabinet will take and generosity, will allocate additional funds to some very needy populations, designate specific, at least a small payout. If that happens, it is likely that something. Someone will be taken away or cut down other benefits.

Money in the country — neither in Federal, nor in regional budgets.


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