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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

State Eyes Poverty Line

MOSCOW -- Kremlin ministers approved on Thursday a bill raising the bottom poverty level to 642 rubles a month from 550 rubles, Labor Minister Sergei Kalashnikov said Thursday after a Cabinet meeting.

The bill expands the list of foodstuffs in the consumer basket from 19 to 33, he said. The basket also includes durables and spending on services.

The bill next goes to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, for approval.