Golikova said the words Kudrin about the high level of poverty in Russia

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Golikov Traviantray. Archival photoGolikova said the words Kudrin about the high level of poverty in Russia© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Trefilov

Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, speaking about the head of the accounts chamber Alexey Kudrin of poverty, said that these data refer to the year 2017, in 2018 have been more optimistic trends.

Earlier Kudrin declared that the real income of the Russian population this year will grow for the first time since 2013, but the level of poverty in the country remains high at 19.3 million people, or 13.2% of Russians have incomes below the subsistence minimum. The Ministry expects the increase of real incomes of the population in 2018 of 3.4%. While the latest Rosstat data still show a more modest growth rate of 2.2% in January-August compared to the same period last year.

«Because it was about the year 2017, as was discussed execution of the budget in 2017, then surely Mr Kudrin cited those indicators which characterize the execution of the budget in 2017. Indeed, by 2018, the poverty rates were quite high, and exactly why and the message of the President, and the President’s decree from may 2018 the reduction of poverty by half was designated as the national goal of the country,» he said to journalists.

«As for last period, now we are witnessing may not as obvious as we would like, positive downward trend. You know that for the first half, compared with the first half of last year, a decline of 1.1 million people. Judging by the first half quite difficult, because the first quarter always provides a major contribution to the poverty indicators,» he added.

In her opinion, it makes sense to wait for the highlights of the third quarter of 2018, to somehow assess emerging trends. «But this is a 1.1 million decline, apparently due to the wage increase, that is, with those tasks designated by the decree of 2012,» — said Golikova, adding to the reasons raising the minimum wage, the planned indexation.