Putin: Russia decreases poverty 65 percent

March 29, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, March 29 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said the number of people living in poverty in Russia has dropped more than 65 percent since 2000.

Putin's comments came during a speech at a conference of the All-Russia People's Front in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, RIA Novosti reported.

"I'd like to recall the fact that a total of 30 percent Russians lived at breadline level in 2000 and now their share stands at 11.2 percent," Putin said.

"The latter figure is big enough, too, and it's important to keep up the efforts to reduce the numbers of impoverished citizens," Putin said, adding that it is important for social services to be accessible for Russians, especially those living below the poverty line.

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