Of course there are well off people in China and Russia. The fact remains that on average people are far better off in the west than either of thoseI have printing done in China every so often. So have a bunch off associates (account managers) there that I'm friendly with. They seem pretty happy with their standard of living. There are people over by the coast here in Perth who make out little home look like an African hut. But we are happy in our cool, paid for, little place.
What I do know is my Chinese business mates are feel mildly miffed that we in the west keep crapping on about how our standard of living is way ahead of them and they are doing it tough.
We should stop generalizing on this.