The number of poor in Russia in January-September increased by 2.3 million

Moscow. December 10. The number of poor in Russia in January-September 2015 $ 20.3 million people, having increased in comparison with January-September of 2014 2.3 million people, said on Thursday Rosstat.

The poverty level in Russia in January-September 2015 was 14.1% (12.6% in January-September 2014).

In the third quarter of 2015, the poverty rate was 12.4%, or 17.9 million people (in the third quarter of 2014, 11.5% or 16.6 million people), in the second quarter in 14.0%, or 20.1 million people (12.1% or 17.4 million people), in the first quarter to 15.9%, or 22.9 million people (13.8 per cent or 19.8 million people).

The poverty rate has a distinct seasonal maximum in the first quarter and the minimum in the fourth quarter (due to the payment of premiums at the end of the year).

Rosstat specifies that information both for 2015 and for 2014 given excluding data of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

Earlier, the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that he did not agree with the statement that the difficulties in the Russian economy led to a significant decrease in income. “Anti-crisis efforts were being made by the Cabinet of Ministers in accordance with the existing program, with the plan of action, and you know that in their daily work Putin a big enough time on issues of economy and anti-crisis activities. But with your wording we can hardly agree with the point of view is too strong (to lower income citizens)”, – said Peskov.

So he replied to the question concerned whether the President is too strong reduction of incomes of the population in 2015, and whether the last time he had meetings on this subject.

Real incomes of Russians decreased in October by 5.6% compared with October 2014. Real wages thus fell by 10.9%.