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Gap between rich and poor widens in Russia

29 May 2011 Last updated at 11:36 BST

Twenty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the gap between rich and poor is wider than ever.

The wealthy have largely recovered from the severe economic crisis, but the poor are actually worse than during communist times.

It's fast becoming a major social and economic problem, as it becomes clear that large parts of the population have not been able to benefit from the opportunities provided by the transition to a market economy.

Jamie Robertson reports on the impact on Russia's economic prospects from St Petersburg.