More than 20 Russian regions now at third world levels economically

Paved roads are non-existent in many Russian provincial cities and towns. (Image: Ilya Varlamov)

Paved roads are non-existent in many Russian provincial cities and towns. (Image: Ilya Varlamov) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

According to official statistics, approximately every fourth subject of the Russian Federation has a GDP per capita that puts in on par with third world countries like Sudan, Nigeria, and Guatemala, and all of them are suffering as a result from rising crime and increasing interest in emigration.

Among these failing places, which should be called “zones of national disasters,” the Russian nationalist RNE portal says, are predominantly ethnic Russian areas like Bryansk, Ivanovo, Kirov, and Kurgan oblasts, Stavropol and Transbaikal krays, and non-Russian republics like Altay, Mordvinia, and Buryatia.

Not only is Moscow sucking them dry, but their collapse is contributing to ever larger capital flight. In the first seven months of 2015, net capital flight increased 1.5 times from the same period a year earlier to 13.1 billion US dollars. And over the past year, more than 2,000 “dollar millionaires” moved abroad with their money.

But it is not only the wealthy who are thinking about leaving. Ever more people and especially the young are too, sparking predictions that Russia in the coming years faces its largest emigration in history. Among them are the most educated, something that will cost Russia its future.

The Russian nationalist site argues that the Kremlin “is transforming the entire country into ‘a zone of national disaster.’ By the most optimistic predictions, the Russian Federation will need not less than a decade to compensate for the fall of incomes over the last three years and return at least to the level of 2014.”

But “in reality,” RNE continues, economists say that Russia faces “at a minimum, 20 years of economic stagnation.” Kremlin propagandists argue otherwise, but “the more pragmatic part of the electorate doesn’t believe these promises and is either packing its bags or experiencing ever greater anger as a result of the constantly worsening quality of life.”


Edited by: A. N.

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  • Dirk Smith


    • Dagwood Bumstead

      How long before we see a headline “More than 30 Dwarfstanian regions now at third world levels economically”?????

      “Ever more people and especially the young are too, sparking predictions
      that Russia in the coming years faces its largest emigration in history.
      Among them are the most educated, something that will cost Russia its
      But where will they emigrate to? I don’t see the EU
      admitting tens of thousands of Dwarfstanians as it already has its hands
      full with the Syrian and African migrants, and others. Nor will the US,
      what with Trump having pledged to slash immigration. Canada won’t
      shoulder the burden alone. And Kyiv would be mad to allow so many
      Dwarfstanians into the country, at least some of whom will have hostile
      It looks like they will be stuck where they are.

      • Tchitcherine

        ” I don’t see the EU
        admitting tens of thousands of Dwarfstanians”
        Unfortunately I think they will, especially Germany.

        • veth

          And when they live in Germany, telling that Russia is an paradise………….

  • veth

    Putin to Siberians last year: Don’t buy cars, because you don’t have roads………………….and the Siberians applauded, what a wise leader we have!

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Buying an old T-34 or T-54 would make far more sense given conditions in many parts of Siberia, so in that respect the dwarf is right in saying “Don’t buy cars”. Of course, saying “We will build good roads” and actually doing so would be a far better policy,but the dwarf won’t waste any money on that sort of thing. He prefers to squander what’s left of Dwarfstan’s financial reserves on his senseless wars in Syria and the Donbas.

      • veth

        Or like Ukraine, defend yourself against Russia, and with hardly money, repair roads countrywide at the same time…………..

      • Oknemfrod

        Not to mention how much keeping Crimea afloat costs, along with the Kerch “bridge” being built, as it’s getting increasingly clear, solely for military purposes.

        • slavko

          Something to also consider…

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            The dwarf obviously didn’t……….

          • slavko

            There were about three pretty strong quakes in the Crimean area in 1927. Apparently the strong quakes hit that area every 80-100 years. So it’s been 90 years now.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            When the bridge is destroyed by an earthquake, the SBU will be blamed for causing the quake.

          • slavko

            That would be great if it teaches the Kremlin to just leave us alone!!

        • Nikoli

          By the time the bridge is finished it will start sinking and if history is to repeat itself, another road to nowhere.

          • Oknemfrod


          • veth

            Then Ukraine will destroy it……….

  • Tony

    Japan is building Meglev trains meanwhile russia cant even master roads. This is despite russia being more populous, bigger and having vastly more natural resources, go figure why that is. Why did Lavia’s GDP per capita surpass russias despite it being lower in soviet times, its no surprise to anyone who has a clue about how differently these countries are governed.–high-speed-geography.jpg

    • Oknemfrod

      The Maglev trains aside (for the Russians, it’s pure sci-fi stuff), the total length of the conventional freeways in Japan is 8050 km. In Russia, the figure is … 806 – provided that given their “quality”, they can be even called “freeways”. The disparity stands out even more starkly considering that the area of only European part of Russia is 4000k square km versus 378k for the entire Japan. Linearly, it translates into a 4:1 ratio. So, for every kilometer of its territory, Japan has 40 times more freeways than the European part of Russia.

  • Brent

    The “Russian MIR”…..I wonder if this is how “Screwball’s” yard in South Philly looks?

    • veth
    • Oknemfrod

      He dwells in the much more affluent Philly’s NE subs. It’s impossible to find anything comparable to the “russkiy mir”, at any level, even in the downright worst Philly slums.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        I thought Screwie lives in a mud hut in the bogs surrounding St Petersburg, from where he commutes to his ul. Savushkina cubicle?

        • Oknemfrod

          One doesn’t have to live in Russia to work for a FSB troll factory, does one? Methinks, though, it’s not the case here but merely a case of a person who’s gotten obsessed, under a number of influences, with a certain idee fixe (“novorossiya”, etc.) and doesn’t have enough marbles to separate wheat from chaff.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            True, but if he does live in the decadent US, a country which he obviously hates, why doesn’t he move to Dwarfstan where everything is oh so much better?

  • zorbatheturk

    Guatemala at least has color and some charm, which cannot be said for the RuSSia.

  • Vol Ya

    Another interesting statistic, less than 50 percent of Russians have an indoor toilet, if you do not count the major urban cities. This shows you how
    much progress russia has made in the past 50 year, None. Just
    another sign that russia is dying. The birth rate is falling, the mortality
    rate is rising, drug and alcohol use is on the rise, the youth see no future in
    Russia, putin has destroyed that. Well done dictator putin, you have destroyed
    your own country, there is no need for any foreign country to conquer Russia as
    Russia is already brain dead. If russia was such a great country, then why do
    putin’s children and lavrov’s children live in the west, why don’t they stay in
    russia and live there?