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If You Think Russia Is Poor, Think Again
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Russia has greater economic disparity than any other major global power. In 2014, Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Report claimed that those in Russia’s richest 10% control 85% of the country’s wealth. Additionally, just 111 billionaires have been found to control 19% of total household wealth in the country.
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This alarming discrepancy is what photographer Lilia Li-Mi-Yan set out to explore in her series “Masters and Servants,” an intimate view of Russia’s elite photographed within their homes, alongside their hired help.
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“For those who can afford it, it’s a common situation to hire a helper,” Li-Mi-Yan told Business Insider. “I was interested in [these] people’s stories and their [relationships].”
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Li-Mi-Yan photographed this series in Moscow.
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According Li-Mi-Yan, finding the employers to photograph wasn’t difficult. “These were mostly people that I was acquainted with,” she said. “Most of them agreed to take part in my project with enthusiasm.”
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Before each shoot, Li-Mi-Yan would meet with the subjects to discuss and explain the project.
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