Russia on the Ground – January, 2017

Russia on the Ground
January, 2017

RASP-Blue This resource serves to track domestic news inside Russia – focusing primarily on demographics, public opinion, economy, and major domestic political events inside Russia.

It is intended to give students who are otherwise following major issues and events within Russia greater context from which to view those issues and events. This resource lists useful but often under-reported information that can help build a pragmatic and objective view of the Russia’s domestic situation.


Russia Breaks Up Notarious Hacker Group
For several years Shaltai-Boltai terrorized state officials, businessmen and media figures by hacking their emails and telephones, and threatening to post their private information online unless blackmail payments were made.


Payback Time for Russia’s Federal Government
One of Russia’s most pronounced economic challenges right now is how to deal with mounting regional debt.

McDonald’s to Open at Least 50 New Restaurants in Russia in 2017
The fast-food chain opened 73 restaurants in Russia last year, exceeding its forecast.

In Post-Soviet First, Russian Agricultural Exports May Top Imports
This year Russia plans not only an increase in grain and vegetable oil exports, but it also hopes to enter global markets with new products – poultry, pork, sugar, potatoes, etc.

Internship in RussiaRussian Seaport Cargo Volumes Hit Historic High
New infrastructure, new ships and the overall situation on global markets means that an increase in maritime freight will continue in Russia despite falling oil production.

Moody’s: Russia to Grow 1% This Year
According to the agency’s experts, stabilization of oil prices has eased the direct and indirect economic and fiscal pressure.

One in Five Russians Receiving Salary “Off The Books” — Poll
The number has fallen since January 2015, when 29 percent of respondents admitted to accepting money unofficially.

Russians Work Far More Hours but Far Less Productively
Russians work on average 1978 hours per year, while German workers work only 1371 and French ones 1482. Each Russian worker contributes about 25USD to GDP per hour; Germans contribute 67USD.

Homeless in Moscow
An RBTH correspondent accompanied volunteers from the Moscow adaptation center for the homeless as they went on their nightly rounds and learned how the homeless survive in the most densely populated city in the country.

Public Opinion

Top Russian Fears: Conflict and Inflation
Russians are becoming less afraid of those things that have traditionally worried them according to a new poll.

Poll: Russians Evenly Split on Allowing Hijab in Schools
Sociologists say Russians have become more tolerant to the manifestations of religious affiliation at schools.

Poll: Even Russian Smokers Support Making Tabacco Sales Illegal
The Russian Health Ministry has come up with a draft state policy concept to counter tobacco consumption for 2017-2022 and beyond.

Poll finds 45% of Russians Dissatisfied With The Country’s Situation
When asked about the general situation in their town or village, 49% were satisfied and 44% dissatisfied.

Russia Viewed as Developed, Progressive Country by Majority of Citizens
65 percent of Russians believed they lived in a developed country; 25 percent say it is underdeveloped.

About the Author

Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs.