Disinfo: In Russia there is no poverty like that in the US


In Russia, there is no poverty like in the US. There are no cities in Russia where the police cannot come. None. In the US, there are a dozen cities where the police can’t go. They could only really go there virtually on armoured personnel carriers and fully armed. Indeed, poverty in America is concentrated.


The claim about "no-go-zones" in the United States; areas where the police would not go, is false.

Recurring disinformation narrative against the United States. Official data shows that it's impossible to argue that the United States is much poorer or more dangerous for its citizens than Russia.

According to Statista.com, in 2018, the poverty rate was 11.8 per cent in the US. Meanwhile, in 2018 the poverty rate in Russia was 12.9%. There is a difference in the GDP per capita of both countries as well: in the United States it is 62,886,836$ (2018), and Russia - 11,288,878$ (2018).

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the homicide rate of the US in 2018 was 5, while in Russia it was 8.2.

You can also find a similar case claiming that poverty in the US is comparable to poverty in Russia.


  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Police, Economic difficulties


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