Friends, here is a very interesting question — when an ordinary citizen could afford to buy more goods now or in the USSR? The question is not idle, because in many forums and blogs, **fans of the Union** claim that **the USSR** had lived completely rich with high wages, which was possible to buy almost polmagazina goods — telling all sorts of fantastic stories about “the average Soviet salary” of 500 rubles.

Of course, this is not true — and this is easily disproved with mathematics. In today’s post we compare the average Soviet patch to average and calculate what and how much they could buy. In General, make sure you check out the article below, write your opinion in the comments, and of **friends added** do not forget. And **telegram channel** also subscribe)

So, let’s count. The average salary in the USSR was about 120-150 rubles. Fans like the Soviet Union to talk about the 500, 600 and even 1,000 rubles salary, but the money received very limited group of party officials (the salary of the Minister was 800 rubles), 90% of the population average salary was in the district 120-150 rubles — one got 250, someone 80. The minimum wage in the USSR was equal to 70 rubles it received various of unqualified staff, like cleaners.

Now let’s calculate what could the Soviet people by their average salary, for a single figure will take 130 rubles. Below I will list Soviet goods and their cost, and to the right will indicate how many you could buy on an average salary.

**Products:**

Cooked sausage, 2,2 RUB……………………………you could buy a 59 kg.

Smoked sausage, 4,5 RUB…………………………..you could buy 29 kg.

Meat (pork or beef), 2, 3 RUB…………you could buy the 56.5 kg.

Meat (fresh tenderloin on the market), 4,5 RUB…….you could buy 29 kg.

A dozen eggs, 1,3 RUB……………………………………you could buy 100 dozen.

A bottle of vodka 2,87 RUB……………………………….you could buy 45 bottles.

One kilo of rice, RUB 0,9……………………………..you can buy 144 kg.

Lunch in the dining room, 1 RUB………………………………..you could buy a 130 lunch.

The trip to the restaurant (humble), 10 rubles……………you can go 13 times.

**Other products:**

The vacuum cleaner “Typhoon”, 45 RUB……………………………the salary enough for 2.8 cleaner.

Aviabilet Moscow — Alma-ATA, 48 rubles………the salary enough by 2.7 per ticket.

Flights Moscow — Bratsk, 72 rubles…………….the salary enough 1.9 per ticket.

Women’s boots on the synthetic. fur: 82 roubles………..the salary enough for 1.5 pairs of boots.

Jeans “Montana”, about 200 rubles………………..the salary enough to 0,65 pairs of jeans.

Women’s coat, 110 RUB……………………………..the salary was enough for 1 coat and 20 rubles remained.

Tape recorder “Dnepr-12”, 147 RUB………………….the salary enough by 0.8 of a tape recorder.

Crystal chandelier 230 RUB……………………….the chandelier was almost 2 average salaries.

Refrigerator “Minsk-16”, 390 RUB…………………the refrigerator cost 3 medium salaries.

Color TV “Youth”, 430 RUB…………..TV stitl almost 4 average salaries.

**Expensive purchases:**

Tours to Bulgaria, 600 RUB………………….trip cost almost 5 times the average salary.

Motorcycle “Java”-250, 650 RUB……………………….the bike was worth exactly 5 average salaries.

Refrigerator “Rozenlew”, 800 rubles…………………the refrigerator cost more than 6 times the average salary.

The car “Moskvich-412”, 5000 rubles……………on “the Muscovite” it was necessary to postpone 38 wages.

The car “VAZ-21011”, 6000 RUB………………on “Penny” had to postpone 46 salaries.

The car “VAZ-2103”, 7500 RUB………………..the Troika had to postpone 57 salaries.

As you can see, all was not as rosy as it wants to show fans of the USSR — especially all that came out for predely food. Now let’s compare this to more recent prices. The average salary in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine is now about $500. What you can buy them now?

**Products:**

Kilo of sausage costs $2,2…………..you can buy 227 kg (instead of 59, as in the USSR).

Pounds smoked sausage costs $6…….you can buy 83 kg (and not 29 as in the USSR).

Fresh meat costs about $7 per kg…………………..you can buy 70 kg (instead of 56, as in the USSR).

A dozen eggs costs a little more $1…………………..you can buy 450 dozen (not 100, as in the USSR).

One kilo of rice costs approximately $0,8………………you can buy as many as 625 kg (instead of 144 kg, as in the USSR).

A good lunch in the café $4………………………..you can buy 125 lunch (there remained in the USSR, but the quality does not compare).

**Other purchases:**

For $500 you can buy a cool TV………….this is one average salary, while in the USSR it was 4 salaries.

Very good jeans cost now $100………you can buy 5 pairs, and in the USSR you could buy a couple of 0.65.

Women’s boots can be bought for $100……………..you can buy 5 pairs, and in the USSR wages were enough for 1.5 pair.

The chandelier is from $100………………………………………you can buy 3-5 pieces, in the USSR, the chandelier was worth 2 wages.

A great fridge is now $500……….for a salary you can buy, in the USSR, the refrigerator cost 3 salary.

A tour to Bulgaria will cost $500…………this is just one average salary is now, in the USSR, the ticket cost 5 wages.

About cars and the rest will not even write — let’s just all take their value in the USSR in today’s money. “Penny” was worth 46 times the average salary — now it is $23000. “Troika” was worth 57 salaries — now it is $28500. Now for the money you can buy very good cars, but something simple, like brand new “DJ Polo” can be bought in the salon in 2 times is cheaper — for $13-15 thousand, with no queue and **“solutions” **— through which had to pass anyone who bought a car in the USSR.

In General, as you can see — people in the USSR lived much poorer than it is now, not even figuratively, but in absolute numerical terms, the average salary could buy far fewer goods than today. In this case, note that the average salary we have taken the rather high figure of 130 rubles, while many people lived and 70-100 rubles salary. And I haven’t even mention the deficit — a products from the list in the Soviet Union could not just come and buy in the store, this required additional time and often financial costs.

Write in the comments what you think about it. You live richer now or in the **USSR** was better?

Interesting.

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