Rich Russians in the United States have a better quality of life than many of their poorer counterparts, but the state has a vested interest in making sure that their wealth doesn’t get too much worse.
For example, according to a report from the New York Times, Russian oligarch Arkady Rotenberg has amassed about $3.7 billion of wealth from his stake in the now-defunct VTB Bank.
But Rotenberg is one of the few billionaires who doesn’t have to pay taxes on that wealth, meaning that his assets are not subject to the federal estate tax.
The Russian oligarchs’ wealth, and the government’s unwillingness to do anything to stop it, has left many Russians feeling powerless.
Russia is home to some of the world’s highest levels of inequality.
The median household income in Russia in 2016 was $52,000, according the World Bank, with the top 20 percent of households earning about $1 million.
Russia has been hit hard by a collapse in oil prices and the global economic crisis, as well as a drop in the price of oil that has sent the ruble down more than 40 percent against the dollar since the start of the year.
The economic slump has had a dramatic effect on the economy, as unemployment has spiked and food prices have skyrocketed.
But for Russians who live in the cities and suburbs, their living standards have not improved.
According to a 2015 report by the World Economic Forum, Russia’s wealth has grown by an average of 4 percent per year since the end of the Cold War.
The average income for the top 1 percent of Russians in 2017 was about $7,500 per year, the report said.
The report also said that the gap between rich and poor in Russia is far greater than it is in many other developed nations.
The World Economic Forums 2016 study found that the median household in Russia, in contrast, had a median household disposable income of $18,800, while in Switzerland it was about the same at $14,700.