I wonder if I'm the only one who gets the impression that the income level of the average citizen is artificially restrained at the state level?
Answer from: Svetlana P.:
I have the same impression. Moreover, I get the impression that this is quite logical. People who have enough income to have time to think not only about how to pay their current bills, but instead they start thinking about all sorts of strange things like freedom of speech, fair elections, anti-corruption and so on. And these are bad, unfit thoughts; they must not be allowed.
It is not for nothing that the most massive demonstrations against the current government took place in 2012, when real incomes were the highest in all post-Soviet times, and the share of the population with incomes below the subsistence level was the lowest.