[QUOTE=Drax;6042915]Estonia has been using Euro for over a year now and looks like it wasn't a crafty teutonic trap after all./QUOTE]
Well, how much was you average wage again? Some 800 EUR with German price levels? That doesn´t sound like milk and honey to me...
You don‘t even need to have statistics to compare live standards in Russia and Baltics. Make a little experiment, cross Lithuanian border with Kaliningrad and you will find dirty, ruined hole (called Kaliningradskaja oblast) compared to Lithuania. One must be blind not to notice contrast.
Russia 19th worldwide and the next Baltic country is Lithuania winning a respectable 24th place...with a difference of 1500USD. BTW these are old numbers, so the gap has widened since then.
Again, emigration levels for all three Baltic states have been fairly stable since 2004, so can you enlighten us on the sources of your wisdom again?In fact the younger generation moves away, either to the west or back to Russia proper, where wages and living standards have certainly risen over the Baltic levels. If you have a good education you go to Moscow or Pieter, not to Tallinn, Vilnius or Riga. What will stay behind in a decade or two will be the uneducated, poor and elder.
"Crisis holds in it's firm grip"? You do know why crisis is called a crisis, right? Because it is temporary, followed by a rise, then another crisis etc. Latvia is a bit exceptional of the three, having to accept aid from IMF, but stands now as an example of how with strict measures you can turn things on the rise again. Otherwise economic growth is back to above EU average.What you said applied for the 90s or some period until 2006 or so, but at least since the crisis holds the Baltics in its firm grip from 2008 on there´s no more any economic reason for Russians to stay there.
That said I am sure there "no economic reason to stay". I don't think there is much economic reason to leave too, at least not eastwards. For an individual person this might change in a day of course - losing your local job, getting a good offer from Moscow and a social life that you can leave behind easily... I am sure there are people who wouldn't hesitate for a second.
You are saying this as if they wouldn't have kids going to school, relatives and property in Baltics . Considerably more friends and colleagues too if I may add.It only takes some time till more and more people realize that. One musn´t forget that people have children going to school, have their relatives and maybe property over there.
That's great.But in Moscow nobody gets up for less than 1000 EUR a month, and this is just for the low level jobs, as the average wage in some regions (Moscow, Pieter, Tyumen) closes in on European levels way beyond the Baltics...
For me it does not matter how you call your ruins they still are unpleasant place to live. That’s why your compatriots are holding with teeths and claws to our countries.
There is special kind of love for mother Russia, love on solid range. It seems that more than half Russian speaking member of this forum prefer to love their mother land on very solid range…
As mentioned earlier in this thread, so far the Russia's campaign for attracting Baltic Russians has been huge failure and in fact ridiculed by Baltic Russian community. Its no secret that they would prefer to settle in Moscow or St.Petersburg, but so far the offer restrict them to Kaliningrad, Tambov, Voronezh and other provincial towns.