By 2005, the material conditions of 10 million Russians (some 22 percent of the country's population) may improve, taking them to the right side of the poverty line, claims a World Bank expert report posted on the official site of the bank's Moscow office.
If so, the numbers of impoverished people countrywide would drop by a quarter.
World Bank estimates the numbers of people living below the poverty line now at 29 percent of the population, or more than 42 million. The most recent 2002 census put Russia's population at 145.1 million.
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia
More than 5.8 million people voted for Nicholas Maduro at the presidential election in Venezuela. This is more than a quarter of registered voters. Why did those people vote for the man, who, as Western media write, took Venezuela to the brink of collapse?
It has long been understood that the West has been trying to subject Russian borders to total control. We have not seen such activity even during the Cold War