Chelyabinsk - typical for the Urals city and the iron heart of Russia, said in a report of the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. Here are the metallurgical and steel plants. And due to the fact that the Urals "has enough resources, structural changes here did not break."
So, the quality of life in the region "is not impressive, especially when compared to the average income of the population," the newspaper writes. For example, in 2014 a resident of the Ural region received an average of 25 thousand. Rubles per month (350 euros) against the average of 400 in the rest of Russia.
Moreover, the recession is observed in Russia last year and a half, and "if Russia's GDP fell by 3.7% last year, the regional GDP in Chelyabinsk dropped by as much as 6%." Also, "from 2013 to 2015 by 8% in real incomes fell by a quarter, retail turnover decreased, the cost of living at least, in turn, increased by one third." Indicators for 2016 look a bit better.
Depending on the industry figures are very different. Machine tools and production of raw materials, for example, in the past year have grown by about 15% due to the fact that the machines needed for the Kremlin declared import substitution program, and raw materials are successfully exported abroad. At the same time reduced "the number of produced vehicles, including cars, trains, trams and buses." indicators and metallurgical complex also decreased. But the enterprises "military-industrial complex case, on the contrary, go to the mountain, because they benefit from great-power ambitions of Moscow".
Whatever it was, not every plant produces a weapon. In particular, last year at the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant "Uraltrac" more than three thousand employees marched from the non-payment of wages. There is also information about layoffs and about 700 employees Automotive Plant in Miass. But more often practiced in the Urals wage cuts and traditional Russian unpaid leave. In the Urals, the proportion of "forcibly sent on leave", as the newspaper notes, is estimated at 12%, which is higher than half the Russian average of 8%.