What the Russians are most concerned about

Prices and purchasing power is the number one concern in Russia – closely followed by the problems of housing and rents, which does not really surprise considering the fact that especially in urban areas such as Moscow there is a shortage of appartments and exceeding rents.

Third on the list is joblessness – even though Russian enterprises fight the crisis by cutting salaries and reducing working hours in order to avoid dismissals.

The pension system is another concern – especially since the OECD has pointed out the need of a higher pension age in order to provide at least minimum pensions when life expectancy rises.

While health care theoretically is free in Russia there is a rising awareness of the Russians that it is a big challenge for the government to guarantee this. Actually, patients have to informally pay for medical service – which is a consequence of the extremely low wages doctors and medical staff are earning.

Another challenge Russians are more and more aware of is corruption – on the Transparancy International Index Russia ranges at the very end together with states such as Nigeria and Uganda – even though the National Plan to Fight Corruption was adopted in 2012.