Almost Half of Russian Families Can Afford Only Food, Clothing
Almost half of all Russian families say that have enough money only for food and clothing. They say they cannot buy other things they need for their houses, such as furniture and appliances. In other words, they can buy short-term items but not long-term items.
Media reports say the information comes from a survey of 48,000 households by the state agency Rosstat. Russian media company RBK said a little more than 48 percent of families did not have money to buy smartphones or refrigerators. However, that number is an improvement – last year, almost 50 percent said the same thing.
Young families and older people who do not work were most likely to say they could not pay for more than food and clothing.
Economic troubles have damaged the public image of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In Putin's first years as president, in 2000 to 2008, the country's economy was growing quickly. High prices for Russia's oil and gas exports helped create that growth.
Now, lower oil prices and restrictions by Western countries have slowed economic growth. The West ordered the restrictions to punish Russia for its interference in Ukraine, and other actions.
A recent government study found that more than 65 percent of Russians say they approve of Putin's actions as president.
The study also found that public trust had dropped. About 32 percent of Russians said they trust Putin's ability to resolve important problems facing the country. That is the lowest percentage he has received since 2006.
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1.economic growth 经济增长
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2.public trust 公众信任
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3.oil prices 油价
Protesters found a novel way of demonstrating against steeply rising oil prices.
4.approve of 支持
Do you approve of her choice?
5.Almost half of all Russian families say that have enough money only for food and clothing.
Almost half of 约半数的
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6.In other words, they can buy short-term items but not long-term items.
In other words 换句话说
In other words, he came out of the closet.
In other words, the system broke.
几乎半数的俄罗斯家庭表示，他们的收入仅能满足衣食无忧 。他们指出，他们买不起其他需要的物品，例如家具和电器 。换句话说，他们只能负担得起短期物品，买不起长期物品 。
媒体报道称，这些信息源自俄罗斯国家统计局对4.8万户家庭的调查 。俄罗斯媒体公司RBK表示，超过48%的家庭买不起智能手机或冰箱 。然而，这一数字已有所提升——去年，拥有这一困扰的人数约有50% 。
经济问题导致俄罗斯总统普京的公众形象受损 。在普京担任总统的头几年，即2000年至2008年，俄罗斯经济增长迅速 。俄罗斯石油和天然气出口的高价格推动了经济增长 。
现在，油价低迷以及西方国家的制裁拖累了经济增长 。西方国家联合实施制裁是为了惩罚俄罗斯干预乌克兰内政和其他行动 。
该研究还发现，公众的信任度已经下跌 。大约32%的俄罗斯人表示，他们相信普京有能力解决俄罗斯面临的重大问题 。这是他自2006年以来（民众支持率）的最低值 。