Moskovsky Komsomolets: Food price growth reached 60% in Russian regions after sanctions



2014/08/19 • Russia

Head of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture threatened to sue producers that are increasing prices without reason

Prices on some goods have started increasing in Russian regions after Moscow imposed sanctions on EU and US goods. In particular, in Sakhalin Oblast the increase in the price of chicken legs has reached 60%.

The food situation in Sakhalin Oblast was discussed earlier at a meeting of the local food safety council, RBC reports.

Minister of Agriculture, Industry and Trade of Sakhalin Oblast Nikolay Borisov reported that in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and nearby towns bulk prices for cheese grew 10%, and the price of meat increased by 15%. The biggest price increase occurred with chicken legs – 60%.

According to the government official, the local retailers justify their price increases with the fact that bulk prices have grown in Primorsky Kray, which is the main food supplier to Sakhalin. Representatives of Sakhalin retail chains stated that meat has become 26% more expensive in Primorye. The price for some types of fish has grown by 40%, and apples imported from China by one third. In general, retail food prices on the island have increased by between 3-60%, according to the publication.

At the end of the council meeting, deputy chairman of the Sakhalin Oblast government Sergey Karpkin reported that a strict price control system would be implemented in the region. He did not explain its mechanisms, however.

The Moscow government also reported the results of food price monitoring after the embargo was imposed on the US and EU countries. According to the head of the trade and service department of Moscow, Alexey Nemeriuk, within the last three days the price of sausage grew the most – by 10 rubles. Veal became 3 rubles more expensive, and pork prices increased by 4 rubles. As to frozen fish, which had been imported from Norway, it became 5 rubles more expensive in the [low-price] value segment. Prices of milk and bread remained the same, and potatoes became less expensive. A decrease of elite cheese prices came as a surprise, while cheeses from in the value segment became more expensive, added Nemeriuk.

Recall that last week the head of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, Nikolay Federov, threatened to press “administrative and even more strict” charges against producers who increase prices on agricultural goods without reason.


Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina, edited by Andrew Kinder

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  • Milton Devonair

    The apes that run russia think and have always thought that humans are little more than a nuisance at best, a tool to be used and discarded or outright shot at worst.

    Coming soon, a Great Ukraine and a russia that continues to go back into their dark ages, food rationing, crime, violence in their streets and ignorance and fear filling the air…..

  • Rods

    Good to see they are going back to a Soviet system with price controls as it worked so well last time with shops having virtually no food or goods in the 1980’s. Spending hours every day queuing for what little is available is a really good productive way for Russians to spend their lives.

    Russian farmers and investors will be lining up in droves to invest in the Russian agricultural sector, so they can lose their money where fixed prices won’t cover their production costs. Now all they need is a Putin 5 year tractor plan.

    The good news is that food shortages were the cause of the last two regime changes in Russia in 1917 and 1989-91. In both cases it didn’t matter how big the armed forces and state security services were, when the populous are rioting and the police and military won’t use lethal force against their own. A Mussolini moment would be a fitting end for Putin.

  • dok

    It won’t be long before they start to see empty store shelves in Russia. There is no way they can keep agricultural products of the same quality in stock at the same price as before the sanctions. Let them learn something about economics. Let them feel some pain because they certainly have inflicted a lot of it on Ukraine. That will be good for these russian swine. It will be interesting to see if they continue to support their fascist leader Putin.