Consumerism – Russia's new religion

Russia’s economy is on the minds of many voters as they choose the next State Duma Deputies. The country's steady growth in recent years has increased many people’s wages. And as Russians’ spending power grows, interest in politics decreases.

Russians have seen their disposable incomes double over the past eight years.

Consumerism has become a new religion, and its temples are everywhere. Shopping malls now gathers more people than any political rally.