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According to the Ministry of Nature, Russia ranks 4th in the world in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. In 2017, China was the leader - 27.6%, followed by the US (15.2%), India (7.0%), Russia (4.6%), Japan (3.5%). 2018 was the ninth warmest year for Russia since 1936 - the averaged average annual air temperature anomaly was +1.58 degrees Celsius. According to VCIOM, 48% of Russians have never played video games, and 33% have stopped playing. 19% play video games - 5 hours a week on average. Most often, Russians prefer to play on a smartphone (48%) or a personal computer (41%). Playing video games is most popular among people aged 18-24 years (40%) and 25-34 years (25%). According to the Institute for the Economy of Growth, a technical recession in the economy of Russia can be recorded this year. In the first half of 2019, the number of employees of small and medium enterprises decreased by 1.6% (more than 257,000 people), the number of such enterprises decreased by 7-8% (18,200 small and 1,500 medium enterprises). According to Sberbank, in Q2 2019, Russians spent on food 38.9% of their income (38.2% in Q2 2018). Other expenses: utility - 15.2%, clothing - 9.7%, medical services - 6.6%, payment of interest on loans - 6.6%, household goods - 5.7%, leisure - 4.8%. The share of respondents without savings increased from 41% to 43%. In 2018, according to BrandMonitor, the annual turnover of the shadow segment of the luxury goods market in Russia reached about 4.4 billion USD, while the legal segment is estimated at 3.9 billion USD. Most often, customers purchase fake T-shirts, sneakers, jeans, and handbags. This trend will continue. In Q1 2019, real income of Russians decreased by 2.3% year-on-year. More notes from Russia »
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Josh asks:

This may be sort of an obscure question, but I am looking to get a tattoo done in Moscow. The type of tattoo I am getting is known as a "blackout" tattoo. I will basically be getting an all black arm with some design, so that's a decent amount of ink with a fair amount of time for labor. (About 3 sessions or so) I was told that pricing would be 72,000 Rubles per session. Does this seem like a fair price?

I realize this is a niche type of tattoo, however, you have stated in other questions that average monthly income is 40,000-60,000. So I'm a little on guard. This would be about $1000 USD which would be average here but I'm not sure how it would translate there.

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I think you should contact several tattoo parlors and compare the prices. Check this list of Top 10 Moscow Tattoo Parlors with their sites mentioned (the auto-translated version of this page).

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