The percentage of poor Russians for the year increased by 2 million people. According to the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), the number of people with incomes below the subsistence minimum in the whole of Russia in I half of 2011 amounted to 21.1 million, while in the I half of 2010 the number of such citizens amounted to 19.1 million
Thus, the level of poverty in the country by the middle of this year has increased year on year from 13.5% to 14.9%. According to official data, the cost of living in Russia in the II quarter of 6 thousand 505 rubles. per person per month.
Growth in the number of poor people is due largely high-growth value of the consumer, "basket", which is calculated on the basis of the minimum subsistence level, explained in the Rosstat.