Experts told NSN why it is impossible to believe Rosstat data on low-income citizens.The number of Russians with incomes below the subsistence level in Russia grew by 0.2 percentage points in the second quarter of 2019, the Federal State Statistics Service said. In general, the proportion of poor citizens amounted to 12.7% of the population – more than 18 million people.The department explained this increase by an increase in the cost of living by 7.1%, while inflation was 5%, and the growth in per capita income was 5.6%. It is noted that if the cost of living increased by an amount equal to inflation, the poverty level would be 12.1%.Other causes of poverty in Russia are seen by member of the Delovaya Rossiya expert council, economist Vladislav Zhukovsky. On the air of the NSN, he accused Rosstat of understating the real data on the number of poor Russians.“Over the past six years, we have introduced a number of requisitions, which are quasi-taxes on the population: payments for major repairs, feudal fees“ Plato ”, which are included in the price of each product, environmental, tourist, trade, recycling, port charges. Increased VAT, excise taxes, which increased the price of gasoline and diesel fuel. Due to the garbage reform in most regions, the fee for garbage collection has grown four to five times, somewhere even stronger. When salaries stagnate, when people are forced to work at two or three rates in order to get at least some additional income, and the load on them increases at times, while incomes do not grow, and prices constantly rise for everything and everywhere, in this situation living standards fall catastrophically. When Rosstat tells us that in Russia officially there are 19 million people in poverty, this is a lot and scary, but you need to understand that the real picture is much worse. Today, at least about 50 percent of the country’s population really lives in poverty, ”Zhukovsky concluded.The former Minister of Economy of Russia Andrei Nechaev agrees with him. On the air of the NSN, he said that even the figure announced by the department as the average salary in the country – 23 thousand rubles – is not a worthy amount for which a person can live. All this turns the problem into a time bomb.“In reality, this is a state of poverty. Although formally, according to the criterion of income below the subsistence level, people do not fall into the number of the poor, but, calling a spade a spade, it is, of course, a state of poverty. Therefore, in reality, the number of poor people is significantly higher than the official figure. This makes fighting poverty extremely urgent, because it is such a time bomb. The same Rosstat and independent experts have repeatedly noted that this is already becoming dangerous, because people are switching to cheaper, sometimes low-quality, health-hazardous foods, refusing treatment, some pleasures. People can’t even go to the theater, but even go to movie theaters; they buy very little clothes. It’s just such vegetation, biological existence, maintaining some kind of vitality at the lowest level, ”he said.Add, on the eve of the Ministry of Economic Development reported a worsening forecast for the growth of real incomes of Russians in 2019. According to the head of the department, the growth rate will be reduced from 1% to 0.1%. At the same time, according to him, the growth of population incomes in 2020 is still expected to reach 1.5% and up to 2.4% in 2024.