Regional disparity in Russia growing

The social disparity between Russia’s regions in increasing and becoming the major challenge for their development. The inequality is linked to different budget capacity of the constituent entities and different quality of life, according to a rating of regional authorities’ management efficiency by the Agency of Political and Economic Communications.

Overall, the rating has shown a slight increase in the efficiency of regional governments, the agency’s general director Dmitry Orlov noted during the presentation at the Regnum news agency’s press center. The regional political and economic bloc has managed to achieve slightly better results.

The Republic of Khakassia, with the biggest inefficiency of the regional authorities, is ranked last. At the bottom are also the Irkutsk Region, Republic of Tyva, and North Ossetia.

The top 20 has not changed much since last year. The top three are the Tymen and Belgorod regions and Chechnya. Among leaders are also Kaluga Region, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Chukotka Autonomous Area, and Leningrad Region. Daghestan showed the biggest positive dynamics, moving up ten spots. An improved situation has also been observed in St. Petersburg and Yakutia, as well as the Kurgan, Vologda and Smolensk regions, while North Ossetia and the Murmansk and Tver regions showed negative dynamics.

The annual rating of regional authorities’ management efficiency is compiled on the basis of expert evaluations and processed statistical data, with the analysis of the situation in the social and educational spheres, housing and entities, and the financial sector.

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