Is life getting better?
The gap between the rich and the poor in Russia is growing.
On the other, the average wage in a country of 143 million people is about $250 a month.
Is this what people expected when the Soviet system started to break up?
Fifteen years on, how have people come to terms with the market economy and how do they see their future? Alcoholism is on the rise, as is HIV infection, life expectancy is low and the birth-rate is falling. But for many people, the future holds the promise of opportunity.
This programme was recorded in Tomsk on 12 March 2006
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