Staunton, Nov. 11 – Moscow says that there are only a few more than 60,000 homeless in the Russian Federation, but experts say the number is much larger, at least 1.5 million and perhaps as much as eight million. If the latter figure is correct, more than one in 20 Russians now is without housing (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2021/06/some-eight-million-russians-now.html
Moscow is also avoiding taking any action because of public opposition to the opening of any refuges for the homeless at least in major cities, and so at present there seem few prospects that the country will address a problem that most people prefer to ignore (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/09/russians-opposition-to-homeless.html).
“The launch of government programs for liquidating the problems of the homeless, such as resetting them in empty houses or creating special workplaces for them is already both an economic issue and a matter of prestige, the analyst says. If Moscow does nothing, it will likely suffer a social explosion as well as a diminished reputation around the world.