Ukraine is the survival territory

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Every third Ukrainian lives on the breadline today. Every year officials on behalf of the State establish minimum subsistence level for people. Their calculations are based on the consumer basket that was reviewed in 2000 and never after.

It is ridiculous, but the officials, who drive the most expensive cars in the world, establish such miserable salaries and wages. Today, according to the State Budget – 2013, the minimum wage is 1147 UAH.

This amount is influenced with certain factors. Inflation and the consumer basket of the employable population are main ones. I would suggest focusing on the latter.

Set of products for employable population (UAH/day for one person)

According to the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from April, 14, 2000 №656:

Set of products for employable population (gram/day for one person)

Fruit, fresh berries

164 gram/day

Melons, watermelons

43 gram/day

Butter

13 gram/day

Macaroni

10 gram/day

Milk

164 gram/day

Buckwheat

5 gram/day

Cabbage

76 gram/day

Poultry

32 gram/day

Tomatoes, cucumbers

68 gram/day

Onion, garlic

27 gram/day

Carrot, beet

49 gram/day

Potato

260 gram/day

Pork

21 gram/day

Fresh fish

19 gram/day

Cheese

9 gram/day

Eggs

0,6 egg/day

Bread

276 gram/day

Pork fat

5 gram/day

 

Minimum set of clothes for women of employable age

Skirt

1 item/ 5 years

Raincoat (cloak)

1 item/ 5 years

Winter coat

1 item/ 8 years

Autumn coat

1 item/ 7 years

Blouse

3 item/ 5 years

Sports suit

1 item/ 3 years

Bra

2 item/ 2 years

Jumper

1 item/ 3 years

Tights

6 item/ 2 years

Mittens

2 item/ 3 years

Shawl

1 item/ 4 years

Panties

5 item/ 2 years

Swimming suit

1 item/ 4 years

Combinations (union suit)

1 item/ 2 years

Bed gown

2 item/ 3 years

Pantaloons

1 item/ 4 years

Woolen dress

1 item/ 3 years

Autumn boots

1 item/ 2 years

Sports shoes (non-cross)

1 item/ 3 years

High boots

1 item/ 5 years

Slippers

1 item/ 3 years

Summer shoes

2 item/ 3 years

Scarf

1 item/ 4 years

Gown

1 item/ 5 years

Half-woolen dress

1 item/ 5 years

 

Minimum set of clothes for men of employable age

Coat

1 item/ 5 years

Two-piece suit

1 item/ 5 years

Shirt

5 item/ 4 years

Trousers

1 item/ 4 years

Pullover

1 item/ 3 years

Pants

5 item/ 2 years

Vest

2 item/ 1 years

Swimming trunks

1 item/ 10 years

Socks

7 item/ 1 years

Woolen peaked cap

1 item/ 6 years

Warmer boots

1 item/ 5 years

Scarf

1 item/ 6 years

Shoes

2 item/ 5 years

Autumn shoes

1 item/ 5 years

Sports (cross) shoes

1 item/ 3 years

Slippers

1 item/ 3 years

Rubber shoes

1 item/ 7 years

Mittens

1 item/ 3 years

Electric shaver

1 item/ 6 years

Tie

1 item/ 10 years

Sports suit

1 item/ 10 years

Synthetic winterizer coat

1 item/ 4 years

P.S. Dear Yuri Chmyr (head of the Sumy Regional State Administration), your subordinates at the Sumy Regional State Administration, who write about the “positive” reforms in Ukraine, receive minimum wages. I address you on behalf of all state employees of the Sumy region. Take 1147 UAH and try to live one month with this money. And then make a public report and tell people how you manage to do it. 

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Andriy Bukin

Kharkov initiatory group "Stop stealing", Expert of the Bureau of policy analysis

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