By Simon Clarke
In the course of the Nineties, Russian families skilled a dramatic fall of their conventional assets of subsistence: wages and social advantages. Many commentators have argued that families have followed "survival innovations" that let them to make ends meet, really taking moment jobs, turning out to be their very own foodstuff and calling at the support of friends and family. this article studies the to be had information to examine the varieties, scale and occurrence of those phenomena. the writer reveals that so-called "survival concepts" purely symbolize a continuation of conventional soviet practices. He demonstrates that they disproportionately profit the higher off and they don't offer a method through which those that have suffered misfortune can atone for a fall of their gains. as a substitute, he illustrates that almost all Russian families have tailored just by slicing expenditure instead of by means of discovering new resources of source of revenue. the writer concludes via arguing that the idea of a "household survival method" is beside the point for the examine of post-Soviet society.
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