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The cost of living in Russia varies greatly depending on the region, but if look at average provincial town (not Moscow, Saint-Petersburg or the cities located in the northern part of the country where the average prices are higher) we have the following picture.
The renting of an apartment will cost you about 7,000-12,000 Rubles (200-400 USD) per month; transportation - the bus/trolleybus/minibus ticket cost is about 10-20 Rubles, taxi 100-200 Rubles; food - meet 200-300 Rubles/kilo, apples 50-100 Rubles, vodka 100-200 Rubles/litre, fun - movie theater ticket 100-200 Rubles.
The average income of Russian citizens is about 17,000 Rubles, so the income of about 25,000-30,000 Rubles per month is enough to have the upper average level of living if you are not going to buy apartment, car, etc.
Soviet Union was a military state and almost all the efforts of the economics in general, science, human resources were put into making war machines and national defense technologies, it was one of the reasons of the collapse of Soviet state.
Present day Russia is just using and modernizing the military technologies of the Soviet past (created in the 1970-1980th) that are still competitive in some way but soon will be not. As for the products for the needs of the people (like good cars) there is not a lot of experience in making such things and there is no stimulus to start building such modern industries when the country is living on oil, gas and other natural resources money.