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Russians see widening gap between rich and poor

Staff Writer |
Protests in Russia last month highlight the growing frustration many Russians have with endemic corruption and the increasingly worse inequality they see in their country.

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The majority of adults in Russia (68%) surveyed last year say the difference between rich and poor has increased in the past five years.

Only four other former Soviet states surveyed have higher percentages of people who say the difference has increased in the past five years - Armenia (79%), Ukraine (77%), Moldova (77%) and Lithuania (75%).

In addition, while young Russians are protesting in the streets, they are not the only ones who see the disparities.

Older Russians are more likely to say that difference "has increased": The vast majority (77%) of people aged 55 and older - near the retirement age in Russia - feel that way.

Even among young people between the ages of 15 and 24, whom other Gallup research shows tend to have a more optimistic worldview, the percentage who says the difference "has increased" is still at the majority (55%) level.

The personal financial situation of Russian residents plays a role in their perceptions of the inequality between the rich and the poor over the past five years.

The percentage of Russians who say their living standards are getting worse has more than doubled in the past several years: More than one in three (36%) Russians said their standard of living was getting worse in 2016, compared with about one in six (17%) in 2014.

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