Quality of Life in Russia$B!!(B2014
The Russian Federation has made progress over the last decade in improving
the quality of life of its citizens,
despite lower than average scores in some topics on the Better Life Index.
Money, while it cannot buy happiness,
is an important means to achieving higher living standards. In Russia,
the average household net-adjusted
disposable income per capita is 17,230 USD a year, less than the OECD average
of 23,938 USD a year.
However, there is a considerable gap between the richest and poorest -
the top 20% of the population earns
six times as much as the bottom 20%.
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Russia vs Japan
Russian people are enjoying their lives more than that of Japanese in the
base of relative income standard.
In 2013, the net ODA amounted of Russian Federation reached to USD 610
million, representing an increase of 26%
in real terms over 2012.
Cheerful children in a cafe: This picture was taken in the New-City of
Moscow, by Dr. J. Miyamoto, in July 2014.
The Central Core is a complex in the International Business Center in Moscow
City. It consists of
two main sections of the above and under floor section. In the underground
section of the building,
there are three subway stations. The complex is planned to connect to the
two International Airports
of Vnukovo and Sheremetyevo, with a high-speed train.
The Central Core, a shopping centre of the New City
A toilet is large and clean. High-quality shop is in the New City.
Sony store in Moscow and first-food shop in the shopping centre
Food court in the shopping centre
A bootblack: The board shows its price.
A supermarket in the New City
Pizza Hat in downtown Saint Petersburg: It is delicious and economic.
The main street of Saint Petersburg, Nevskiy Prospect
(L) Nevskiy Prospect
(R) Gostiny Dvor Department store on the Nevskiy Prospect street is the
largest in Saint Petersburg.
During the world war $B-6(B, the city was attacked by Nazi Germany and destroyed
It is currently under renovation.
Dancing performance at the Lighthouse on Vasilievsky Island of St.Petersburg
A horseback riding on a street of Saint Petersburg: This could be a part
of a special private tour for teens.
(L) A new condominium was building in a suburb of Saint Petersburg.
(R) Residential complex home in Sokolniski near the metro station of Moscow
(L) Soviet-era apartment buildings in Saint Petersburg (R) A condominium
near the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow
A common apartment house in the city of Moscow, around Smolenskaya station
A high-class condominium and its entrance, on Kutuzovsky street, Moscow
Condominium buildings on Konyushkovskaya street, Moscow
A high-rose and low-rise dwelling and a private house in the area faced
the Finland Bay off Saint Petersburg.
A private house in Russia is not common, except in a countryside or a rural
Prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, nearly all the housing stock
of urban areas was owned by the state.
Indeed, private property was prohibited in urban areas, and in rural areas,
the size of an individual home was strictly limited.
High-rise apartment buildings are designed with a very unpretentious architecture.
Local authorities were responsible
for renting arrangements, and in company, the management of state enterprises
was given this responsibility.
Rental payments were kept extremely low and, in most cases, were not enough
to pay maintenance costs.
Deterioration of housing was rapid and vandalism widespread. In addition,
many apartments were shared by tenants,
with joint-access kitchens and bathrooms, and the space of the average
apartment in Russia was about one-third to
one-half the size of those found in western Europe.
Reference: Encyclopedia Britannica April 14, 2014
A cat seen in a residential area of Moscow
The styles of young Russian women are well proportioned.
Why are Russian women so good looking?
(L) There is a rental-cycle station in the city.
(R) A bus stop near the Kuntsevskaya metro station
A pay toilet on a street of Moscow: A blue outhouse, usually three or more
combined, is the most widespread type
of the Moscow public restrooms.
As Metro stations outside the city center are far apart in comparison to
other cities, up to four kilometres,
a bus network radiates from each station to the residential zones.
We often see a stretch limousine in the city of Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
It may be used as a private car or for a honeymoon.
Almost all cars run at about 80 km/h.
However, a sped limit in town is 60 km/h.
There is often congestion of roads in the morning and evening time in Moscow.
If you avoid these time zones, you can go to the destination quickly.
(L) An ambulance car of Saint Petersburg (R) A car parking violation at
an intersection corner
A safe belt-line sign and danger belt-line sign on the edge of pedestrian
crossing and pedestrian walk at Saint Petersburg
Gas station in a suburb of Moscow
Gas station in a suburb of Moscow and a payment window
Russia had the second cheapest gasoline out of all the countries of the
European Union and
the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Although there are some differences by store, the price is 32.12 rubles
( 0.90 US dollars ) a liter for gasoline 92,
and 35.02 rubles ( 0.98 US dollars ) for gasoline 95, in Moscow.
In Saint Peterburg, it was 30.90 and 34.20, respectively.
Polite and Helpful Russian
Most of Russian people are very kind. They are always helpful to find the
building or metro station.
I tried to go. On one occasion, a middle-aged man guided me, after one
word 'follow me', in walking
together for even10 minutes or more, using a short-cut to the metro station.
When we arrived the station,
he asked me ' Are you Japanese' - 'yes' and ' $B'c'a'Q'c'Z'R'`(B', after that and
shock hands with me, and
without entering into the station building and walked away.
Another elderly man suggested I got off at the next station by mistake
in gestures and took me back to
the station. He told a station staff that fact and let him to open the
ticket gate, so as not to store
the charge in ticket. He guided me to an escalator down to a platform,
and again in gestures to stay here
for the next train, holding my shoulder. He then left for a train running
to opposite direction. I soon
found the nest station was the right one.
When I walked around here and there at the same area to try to find the
hotel and asked a business man
a direction, a man put the switch a mobile phone on, and search the location
of that hotel. Afterwards,
he showed me the map and direction appeared in the screen of a mobile phne.
I soon found that hotel.
Everyone kindly showed the direction in Moscow city. When I asked a road
cleaner, he did not understand English
at all, but taught me the direction quite willingly. To communicate in
Russian language is not always necessary,
they show it by a gesture.
The underground transportation system is Moscow carries a lot of people.
In the rush hours in morning
and evening, the train is very crowed with hundreds of commuters. When
I was standing in a train,
a young lady quickly yielded her seat for me. It was absolutely unexpected
thing, then; voice did not appear
at once, and I could not say 'thank you' to her. Now, I regret not saying
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The photographs were taken in July, and article was written in August 2014,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.