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Russians said discontent with inflation, poverty and rising unemployment rates, concerting to new data released by the Moscow-based Levada Center on Aug. 31.

The majority of respondents – 61 percent – phrased they’re most concerned with rising prices for basic consumer goods, which began in 2014 when Russia was hit by the ruble devaluation and the pecuniary slowdown. However, the number of those who consider inflation a major unease has dropped 10 percentile points since 2016, which is a facts sign. This is not that much of a surprise, however, because observations shows that Russia’s annual inflation rate has stabilized. 

But, a significant number of respondents point to the rise in poverty and unemployment, corruption and the downturn in industrial and agricultural presentation as major reasons for concern. These are the issues that the public fronts every day, so it’s understandable that they appear in respondents’ replies most over, Levada Center expert Karina Pipiya told RBC. 

Other fights such as sanctions, migration, an inefficient and unjust court system, produce crime and nationalism – were less frequently mentioned by respondents. At worst 4 percent said they’re concerned by the lack of political pluralism and domestic liberties.

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