Last week, President Vladimir Putin temporarily banned Russian airlines from transporting passengers to Georgia since July 8. The Ministry of Transport is also going to ban Georgian air carriers from flying to Russia. But you can still get to Tbilisi, which has become a popular vacation spot with citizens: foreign airlines offer flights with transfers.
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The past hype after the release of the new iPhone model in Russia has now been replaced by lingering interest. This is due to the price of gadgets, which jumped sharply last fall due to the fall of the ruble. Life around decided to find out how much the purchasing power of Russians in iPhones will change at different exchange rates. For calculations, we used data on the average salaries of residents of different regions from Rosstat and Eurostat for 2014, as well as the average price for an iPhone from a study by ABI Research and WSJ.
According to the Federal State Statistics Service, inflation in Russia amounted to 1.9% by the end of March. Prices for some products are growing faster: for example, only in February lemons went up by 11.8%. The change in prices is related to the season and place of sale: in countries where fruits grow everywhere, they are much cheaper. Selfmadetrip service collected statistics on the cost of familiar products in different countries of the world, and we compared these data with prices in Russia.
A year ago, the ruble devalued: the Russian currency seriously weakened after the Central Bank released it into free float, and oil fell significantly. Now the dollar and the euro are almost twice as expensive as in the fall of 2014. This could not but affect the cost of living in Russia: most of the goods in the country are imported.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in 2015 the crime rate in Russia grew by 9%. The capital is traditionally in first place among the subjects of the Russian Federation in the total number of recorded crimes. To understand which Moscow places are more dangerous than others, Life around compiled two criminal maps of Moscow based on open sources (unfortunately, the Moscow city prosecutor’s office does not report on the level of crimes in each district - only in administrative districts).
The population of cities in high-income countries will increase by 34 million people by 2020, that is, by the population of the three Paris. This will entail a huge increase in demand for real estate. Those who have chosen to live in one of the global cities, now have to agree to the worst living conditions at higher rents and apartment prices.
According to statistics, about one hundred thousand marriages are concluded in Moscow annually. Despite the crisis, they still do not save money at weddings, because this day should become one of the happiest and most memorable in life. Hummer limousines, lush crinolines, bride foreclosures on the landing and photo sessions with pigeons are almost a thing of the past.
When we receive a monthly electricity bill, we rarely think about how much electricity each particular device consumes. Life around decided to find out how much it costs to charge a phone or computer, how much it costs to boil a kettle or reheat dinner in the microwave. And the expert of the energy company told us how to save electricity and money.
Recently, Life around compared the cost structure of residents of different countries. It turned out that the Russians spend the most on food and soft drinks - this item accounts for 30.7% of monthly expenses. At the same time, with the depreciation of the ruble and the imposition of sanctions, the choice of products in supermarkets narrowed and purchasing power decreased.
Paid parking in Moscow began to be implemented in 2012. Since December 2013, the new rules have been applied for the entire territory within the Garden Ring, in August 2014 the paid parking zone reached the TTK, and in 2015, paid parking spaces were introduced for another 95 Moscow streets - and this is not the limit. According to the Moscow government, the expansion of the paid parking zone by 15% increased the speed of moving around the city in a private car, 20% reduced travel time for passengers on ground urban transport, and ordinary residents were able to park faster at their home.
The time is approaching, for which 11th graders and their parents have been preparing for the whole year, or maybe several years - passing the exam, graduating from school and transferring to student status. Life around decided to find out how much it costs the family budget. Illustrations by Tay Strizhakova Preparing for the Unified State Examination Most often, universities expect results from three or four Unified State Exams from applicants.
The modern architecture of Moscow often raises more questions than pride. The legacy of the era of Yuri Luzhkov - gigantic office buildings, clumsy shopping centers and hotels, pretending that they are a century older than their age - are prompting thoughts about who decided to build this. Life around chose ten controversial buildings and learned their stories.
Yesterday, Roszdravnadzor banned the sale of condoms of the British brand Durex in Russia. The reason was that the products did not pass the tests and registration in Russia. Today, representatives of the agency explained that the British Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare (UK) Ltd has submitted documents for the registration of DurexR Real Feel Condoms from Synthetic Latex and DurexR Condoms with anesthetic, as well as for amendments to the registration certificate for Durex Condoms (here the name, address, place of production has changed and the type of medical device has been clarified).
Vladimir Putin called for the withdrawal of 30 million Russians from the shadow economy. This figure was previously called the Institute of Social Sciences (ION) RANEPA. According to the president, “cops, prosecutors and taxes”, which force citizens to go underground, are to blame for the growth of the shadow sector. He asked the "serious people with glasses" to think about how to get mechanics, builders, dentists, veterinarians and other specialists to leave the "garage economy" and start working legally.
The opposition of the center of Moscow to other areas has recently led to a conflict on the Patriarchs. Residents of the popular resting place of citizens obtained a ban from the authorities on the work of bars after 23:00, as the noise of the guests prevented them from sleeping. In a recent Afisha Daily article, residents of this area compared visitors with locusts and Sharikov and talked about a special circle of people who live in this place.
According to a recent survey by the Public Opinion Foundation, 41% of Russians do not have enough money to pay, and 75% said they were dissatisfied with their income. In the context of the economic crisis, a quarter of Russians are cutting costs even on basic necessities, basic foodstuffs, clothes and shoes, and electricity.
The service of company reviews "Flamp" specifically for Life around found out how many cinemas operate in Moscow, how they are evaluated by visitors and what are most often paid attention by residents of the city in their reviews. 200 cinemas now operate in Moscow, and they work, judging by the estimates of visitors, well.
Until the end of summer, there was nothing left, but not all citizens were able to go on vacation. Life around help those who suddenly realized that they want to relax, and compiled a list of countries where you can go in the last week of August - the first week of September and not go broke. In addition, we took into account popular tourist places where you can take a short trip to the coast, combining cultural and beach holidays.
From August 15, all Moscow buses switched to a single payment method. If earlier the drivers of private minibuses owned by private companies accepted money directly in the cabin, now they began to accept single and travel tickets. In addition, they are now prohibited from stopping on demand and deviating from routes.
There are about 2 thousand beauty salons in Moscow. Life around studied the proposals of academies, studios and beauty centers, barbershops and economic hairdressers and found the highest and lowest prices for manicures, women's and men's haircuts. In fact, manicure and haircuts can be done for free - in places where novice masters study.
Text: Valeria Belova The Schengen Agreement unites 26 countries, as well as several dwarf states that de jure did not sign it, but de facto abide by it (Monaco, Vatican, San Marino and Andorra). Therefore, it is not surprising that every day thousands of people try to get a Schengen visa. It is necessary to apply for it at the consulate of the country that you are going to visit.