The estimated average public cultural expenditure (mass media excluded) per capita was at RUB 115 (EUR 4.4) in 2000 and at RUB 705 (EUR 20.3) in 2006 (relatively 0.23% and 0.37% of the per capita GDP).
In 2006, the per capita maximum was reached in the Chukotka Autonomous District (7 905 RUB) and the minimum in the Dagestan Republic (214 RUB). According to expert estimations, in 58 out of the 89 “units” of the Russian Federation, cultural expenditure per capita was below the national average. One of the budget policy targets is to even the situation around the country. Generally, state funding allocations are determined according to the institutional principle, while the per capita indicator is not fully convincing when the irregular character of territories (area, number and density of population, climatic zoning, etc.) is taken into account.
Table 4: National budget spending in 2003-2008, billion RUB
|Total||3 964.9||4 669.7||11 378.6||13 991.8|
|Culture, cinematography, mass media (%)||82.9 (2%)||97.8 (2%)||246.2 (2%)||310.6 (2%)|
Source: Gosudarstvenny komitet RF po statistike: Rossijsky statistichesky yyezhegodnik, 2009. (State Committee of the RF for Statistics: Russian Statistical Yearbook, 2009, Moscow, 2010). Moskva, 2010, p. 576, 578.