The elderly woman introduced herself as Anna Alexandrovna. She said she was born in a village in the Tambov region and that she was 10 years old when the Great Patriotic War (World War II) began. After telling Volodin about how hard things were during the war, Anna Alexandrovna began talking about the problems of the present day. “Why are the people still living so badly?” she asked the State Duma speaker.
Anna Alexandrovna expressed outrage over the case of Penza Governor Ivan Belozertsev, who was arrested on suspicion of bribery back in March. (During a search of the governor’s cottage, the authorities confiscated 500 million rubles in cash — the equivalent of about $6.65 million). By comparison, Alexandrovna said that she doesn’t receive any government benefits, in spite of the work she did as a teenager during the Second World War: “How is that? Are the [people] around there deaf and dumb? How many lies? Who are you kidding? I’m 90 years old and I have no benefits. What title was [Saratov] awarded? But who did the work? Women and adolescents. These women are gone, but [one of those] adolescents is standing in front of you. You don’t pay me three cents, but they steal billions.”
“Look, please, turn down the lies. And tell everyone: people see everything. […] For me, for me personally, it’s a disgrace when the president gives 10,000 rubles [$130] for getting a child to school,” Alexandrovna continued, referring to the benefits President Vladimir Putin recently promised for Russian families with school-age children.