Staunton, September 22 – Russia faces a humanitarian catastrophe of extraordinary proportions this winter, Konstantin Borovoy says, with many Russians now not simply below the poverty line but at risk of survival, a trend that the Russian government has implicitly acknowledged by introducing ration cards for certain categories of the population.
Unless Moscow gets enough food into the hands of large families, pensioners, children and other at-risk groups, Russia will face a crime wave as people try to get money for food anyway they can or “people will begin to die from hunger,” the Russian opposition politician and analyst says (aboutru.com/2015/09/18423/).
Unfortunately, he says, the Russian authorities are responding in the worst possible way. Instead of using market methods to stimulate the production and distribution of needed foods, Moscow is destroying imported foods and distributing other food via ration cards, an approach that will lead to “the growth of a black market, speculation and an increase in criminal activity.”
There are already reports that Russians are stealing food from stores and even “killing those who are incapable of defending themselves. (That Moscow is turning away from helping the most defenseless, those with handicaps, is suggested by another report about Russian social policy at newizv.ru/society/2015-09-22/227633-vyhodnaja-gruppa.html