Unequal Russia: is anger stirring in the global capital of inequality?

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With the richest 10% owning 87% of all the country’s wealth, Russia is rated the most unequal of the world’s major economies. Amid falling oil prices and a wave of protests, Shaun Walker asks how Russians really feel about life’s inequalities

Oksana, a 30-year-old from Siberia, moved to Moscow a year ago. She rents a room in a small, simple apartment in Zhukovka, on the outskirts of the city, close to the area where many in Russia’s political and business elite live, in large mansions screened from the road by high, forest-green fencing.

“You see them going past every day in their motorcades, and it just seems like a different world,” Oksana says. Often, she is delayed as she drives to her secretarial job, as the road is closed for government officials to speed past with police escorts. “I was never that interested in politics before, but seeing just how unfair it is, it does make you wonder if you should be doing something to change it.”

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A full man can’t understand a hungry man, as we say here

People are unable to live normally. They don’t understand why it should be like this in 21st-century Russia

Related: The Inequality Project: the Guardian’s in-depth look at our unequal world

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