June 20, 2019  |  Updated July 19, 2019

False: Kremlin Claims No Growth of Poverty in Russia

By Fatima Tlis

Speaking with Russian-state television Channel One TV host Vladimir Posner on June 17, Alexey Kudrin, chairman of the Audit Chamber, Russia’s parliamentary-controlled budgetary watchdog, said poverty has become Russia’s “shame” and warned the growing number of people living below the poverty line could cause a “social explosion.”

Kudrin said that majority of poor in Russia – 70% – are families with children, adding that the Russian budget is “capable of instantly reducing the number of such families by 40%” if the government was to take immediate actions.

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