Kudrin spoke about the increase in poverty in Russia

© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova in fotobelka Kudrin at the Krasnoyarsk economic forum in 2017. Archival photoKudrin spoke about the increase in poverty in Russia© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova the image Bank

The increase in poverty is becoming a major challenge for Russia, said the Chairman of the Board of the Center for strategic research (CSR), the head of Committee of civil initiatives (THD) Alexei Kudrin.

He noted that the standard of living in the country is falling for the third year. «Of course, this generates additional poverty, poverty is growing in our country now. This causes growing inequality», — Kudrin said on Saturday in the framework of all-Russian civil forum held OIG.

Someone, he said, welfare is now still growing, in particular, the last six months of the salary increase at the industrial enterprises, however, there are certain groups of the population and whole regions, where the level of welfare falls.

«I would like first to put the challenge of living standards, growth of poverty. Indicators even in the favorable period, before the crisis, we had excessively high levels of poverty. In a country with a level of GDP and GDP per capita have a level of poverty — shame. Therefore, the suggestions that we cook at least 5-6 years it is necessary to reduce by a quarter or a third,» — said the head of the OIG.

The second challenge, «which is in full growth already stood in front of us,» Kudrin called the technological gap of the country.