In the occupied Crimea, residents complained about high prices and low salaries.
A pensioner from the village of Pervomaiske stated that because of the high prices in the occupied peninsula, one can survive only by having a private vegetable garden.
She noted that a loaf of Dzhankoy bread costs 20-25 rubles (9-11 hryvnia), a kilogram of potatoes - 45 rubles (about 20 hryvnia). Beef in the occupied Crimea costs 300-350 rubles per kilogram (135-160 hryvnia), in Simferopol, beef costs 100 rubles more (about 185 hryvnia).
“How they live in the city with 8.5-9 thousand rubles (about 4 thousand UAH) of the minimum pension I cannot understand,” the pensioner noted.
Residents of Simferopol claim that 80% of the salary goes only for food.
“The teacher earns 22-30 thousand rubles (about 383-522 USD) at full load, the doctor - 15-22 thousand (261-383 USD), civil servants - 12-15 thousand rubles (209-261 USD),” a local resident informed.
However, Crimeans note that salaries in the occupied peninsula are different.
“In general, you can live, but the most profitable positions are occupied by Russians who have advantages over local ones.”
According to the Kremlin-controlled Territorial body of Federal Statistics service in Crimea Krymstat, in 2017 the average salary of Crimeans increased by 6% compared to 2016.
The preliminary results of the social and economic development of the annexed Crimea for 2017 noted that the average monthly salary of Crimeans was 26.3 thousand rubles (457 USD).