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Are you feeling the crisis?

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We see the word "crisis" constantly thrown around in text and news articles, but I want to know the reality of the situation for the average person living in Russia. I understand almost nothing about the financial markets, and my investments are all handled by stockbrokers with expertise in the area. Yet I go to the gas station each week and see the gas prices continually drop, which is great for me given that I commute a very long distance to work now. Travel is also less costly with the strength of the dollar, whereas many Russian friends no longer can afford to go abroad due to the continual decrease in the ruble. So, are all of these stories on LJ simply written by alarmists and pessimists, or do you feel there's a real crisis now in Russia as a result of sanctions and economics, which dramatically impacts your life? If so, in what way? Do you have hope for improvement in 2016?

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qi_tronic
Jan. 15th, 2016 12:44 pm (UTC)
Inside the country I feel no crisis.
But of course it has become much more expensive to travel abroad.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 15th, 2016 12:45 pm (UTC)
Well this is good news. :) And, in general, I know you have great faith in the political leadership of your country.

Edited at 2016-01-15 12:45 pm (UTC)
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barabaan
Jan. 15th, 2016 12:45 pm (UTC)
Impacts, but not dramatically. I think its usefull for Russia.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 15th, 2016 12:46 pm (UTC)
In what way is it useful? To build domestic production and tourism?
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el_loko
Jan. 15th, 2016 12:46 pm (UTC)
"Crisis" is not the correct word for these circumstances.
I feel final of epoch.
peacetraveler22
Jan. 15th, 2016 12:47 pm (UTC)
In what way is this crisis different from others in Russian history? Seems like the history of the country is rather cyclical.
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irinalk89
Jan. 15th, 2016 12:51 pm (UTC)
I started to forget the view of babushkas going to supermarkets and counting every kopeck, which they do not have enough to buy simple food. Last time I saw them was in 90-ies. Almost in every family surronding me one person lost a job in 2014 and remains jobless. Supermarkets changed the products they are offering towards cheaper ones. By the way, gas is getting more expensive day by day.
andrey_kaminsky
Jan. 15th, 2016 12:53 pm (UTC)
Это такой способ жить - от кризиса и до кризиса
Currently people don't yet have a sufficient sense of crisis. Money became less, but many things have been purchased previously and still not come into disrepair. Then, when people come to the need to buy new shoes, a computer, a battery for the car, then many will enjoy the fullness of sensations.
qi_tronic
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Это такой способ жить - от кризиса и до кризиса
My wife just has bought a pair of shoes with great discount.
It is mostly a sellers' problem now who cannot make 300% profit on import anymore.

Before the crisis Lego in Moscow cost almost 2 times more than in USA.
IKEA in Moscow also was one of the most expensive in the world.
This is something wrong with it.
I hope now they will be forced to have lower prices of leave the market.
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mesier
Jan. 15th, 2016 12:54 pm (UTC)
For me crisis is felt in form of 2x rising prices, including domestic foods, but not for salary..
My hopes for future are related with growth of domestic production.
sergechel
Jan. 15th, 2016 12:56 pm (UTC)
Do not believe all these 'no crisis' lies you see here. Overal situation is pretty bad, especially out of Moscow.
mat_uc
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:00 pm (UTC)
In Moscow is bad too.

There are a lot of simple people in Moscow, who have real income less than 1000$
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mat_uc
Jan. 15th, 2016 12:57 pm (UTC)
Pizdets.

I lost my job twice for last two years.

My total income is down 3x from 2013. In $.
In the end 2013 i planned to buy new flat new car in two years(2014-2015).
No it's impossible.

Sales of cars and real property are down.
Nobody buys.

The fucking goverment stealing all money from people:
Salary is down. Taxes are up.
Cost of gas, water and another public servies cost is up and running to the hell.
Pension is not up.
Corruption, robberies, angry migrants from Asia.

And all russian deputies, ministers and another rich people says: Obama - guilty. USA is evil.
mesier
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:04 pm (UTC)
Пенсии подняли в 2015 году на 12%. На 2016 год план два раза поднять - на 6% в феврале и ещё раз на неизвестное в конце года. )
Ты ещё упоминал про налоги.. Какие подняли? На сколько я знаю - никакие.
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konstinn
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:00 pm (UTC)
It's not a crisis it's economic disaster! It's quite not visible in Moscow, but in regions it's real disaster.
Unfortunately there are no chances of improving in Russia-2016
mat_uc
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:01 pm (UTC)
Olimpiada, Crimea, FIFA-2018, vodka, red army, tovarisch.
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beloborodoff
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:01 pm (UTC)
Yes crisis is real gre in Russina. Rouble falls. We have oil economy, pump oil and buy everything abroad. So everything double its price now. Salaries shrinking, people loosing jobs, everywere CLOSED signs. About plans. It will be worse. Even goverment says so.
a_nimaida
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:02 pm (UTC)
in the US there is no crisis?
US stock market has not collapsed?
  the dollar has risen in price in the world.
  Who will buy American goods?
sergechel
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:04 pm (UTC)
She's asking about situation in Russia
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notabler
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:05 pm (UTC)
You should ask people, who live outside of Moscow, because Moscow is a different country. It is just huge money pump from other. If regional budget has only 20% local income, and all other come from centre, it means they will always struggle to survive and crisis strikes there first
mat_uc
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:06 pm (UTC)
Just look at official russian TV:
- Obama is a bad homosecsual.
- USA - evil.
- Europe - stupid.
- Ukraine - very evil.
- North Korea - our best friend.

USA is going to Great Depression. Russia is going to be the most powerful country in the World. Like a North Korea.
g_kar
Jan. 15th, 2016 09:22 pm (UTC)
I envy the people who watch this :)
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petr_rpc
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:13 pm (UTC)
Ваше правительство как после второй мировой войны навязало всем доллар, так до сих пор пожинает плоды. Это не будет длиться вечно)
merinainen
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:20 pm (UTC)
Вы чё? Когда это в России доллар был национальной валютой??? С дуба рухнули?
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justadreamer
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:17 pm (UTC)
Кому как, а нам в Козельске пофигу на этот кризис.
kremlin_curant
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
В Козельске нет желания жить по людски?
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