JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia is no place for young people” – Deutsche Welle

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It’s almost impossible to find a decent salary and comfortable living conditions in Russia. For many young people, the only options are to build a life in Moscow or leave the country, says Anastasia Arinushkina.

“… half of Russia’s citizens are unhappy with the size of their salaries and struggle to pay for health care and education, according to recent polls. When it comes to young people, they do not believe in the idea of great Russia versus rotting Europe. In fact, many of them want to live in the West, according to the independent Levada Center pollster: Over 40% of Russians between 18 and 24 would like to permanently move abroad ….  on the outer fringes of the Volgograd area … people … weren’t thinking about Putin; they were thinking about survival. … Infrastructure is slowly shutting down, and half of the hospital wards are not working. This is the Russia young people are not just willing to leave – they are fleeing it. Nearly all my old classmates have fled in all directions …. Even Moscow is losing its shine. Corruption is everywhere, and you could end up behind bars at any moment for going to a rally. A rally against corruption, for example. Is this the much-praised Putin stability? …”

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