Nice comparison of costs of living in Russia and Germany. If you use the nominal exchange of ruble to euro you would think
that the average German is much better off than a Russian. But in the real world, forex rates mean precisely f*ck all.
In terms of certain goods here are the real exchange rates of euros to rubles for Germany:
potatoes: 1:10 (for Norway the exchange would b 1:3)
Basically the "market" exchange rate is more realistic for expensive goods such as Mercedes cars but for staples which are
the primary focus of most people including the poor and working poor, it has little relevance. In other words, the so-called
pauper Russian hinterland outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg is actually much better off. Russians do not have the
level of housing costs in the west (outside of Moscow) and they are not being choked to death with fees. Germans need
to pay around 300 euro per month for medical insurance. Even though they already have a "socialized" medical care system.
There is lots of money flow in the west, but that does not mean every citizen is wealthy.