“The reality is even worse than the data of Rosstat” and “the government did not cope with the task” – such conclusions were reached by the journalists of “Novaya Gazeta”, who checked how the government measures are being implemented in practice to stop the rise in prices in stores.
Recall that in December 2020, President Vladimir Putin demanded that the Russian government “within a week” take measures to stop the rise in prices in stores.
“People are limiting themselves because they have no money for basic products. Where, where are you looking? Granulated sugar – why did prices rise by 71.5%? And sunflower oil – by 23.8%? Pasta – by 10.5%. No matter how we succeed, as in the Soviet Union, where they said: “The USSR has everything. But not everyone has enough. ” Decide within a week! “- he said then.
However, official reports from Rosstat indicate that prices continue to rise.
So, for example, the other day Rosstat reported that in Russia food prices in February rose 5 times faster than in the EU. Food inflation in Russia in January 2021 amounted to 8.2% – 7.5 times more than in the countries of the European Union, where food prices increased by only 1.1%.
Correspondents of “Novaya Gazeta” went to Moscow stores to check how much the prices had risen and how much it was consistent with the statistics.
So, in one of the stores, chicken breast has risen in price by as much as 40 rubles compared to December last year – 339 rubles instead of 299.
“Rosstat admits that chicken meat is the leader in terms of price increases. According to official information, it “soared” in price by 8.1%, but from the price tag it follows that it is even higher – by 13.3%, ”the newspaper notes.
Milk and sour cream in comparison with December last year have become more expensive by 5-10 rubles, the journalist points out. In a nearby store, prices also increased. Oatmeal, which cost 70 rubles in December, now costs 84 rubles 90 kopecks (an increase of 21%). Cutlets increased in price by 10 rubles – from 169.9 rubles to 179.9 rubles (an increase of 5.9%). Sunflower oil rose in price by 20.8%: from 119.9 rubles to 144.9 rubles.
In St. Petersburg, sugar disappeared from the shelves of local stores for only three to four days in mid-March. According to the heads of hypermarkets of the most popular retail chains in the city, the townspeople a couple of weeks ago really showed an increased interest in this product.
“However, sugar was delivered quite quickly, and in volumes that fully cover the needs of consumers. Only if the sweet product disappeared in stores with price tags ranging from 31 to 37 rubles per kilogram, then it went back to the shelves at 46-50 rubles per kilogram, “Novaya says.
Vegetable oil in St. Petersburg has also risen sharply: from 120-130 rubles per liter in mid-March to 150-170 rubles today. Petersburg retailers explained the rise in prices for sugar and sunflower oil by a sharp rise in purchase prices for these products. In March, the prices for eggs (from 70–75 to 100–115 rubles per ten) and chicken meat (from 175–200 to 240–255 rubles per kilogram) increased significantly.
In addition, over the past week, potatoes have become more expensive (by 3.2%, according to Rosstat) – 60–80 rubles each. per kg and carrots (by 2.6%, according to statistics) – 45–55 rubles each. per kg. But cucumbers fell slightly (by 5.3%) – 130 rubles each. per kg and tomatoes (by 1.1%) – 270 rubles each. per kg.
Meanwhile, local retailers are confident that the March rise in prices for socially important food products is not the last. They do not exclude the next jump in prices in April.
A similar situation is observed in a number of other regions. According to economists interviewed by the newspaper, the results of the latest price regulation have once again proved that government intervention is not able to eliminate the market reasons for the rise in prices.
According to experts, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Agriculture “reassure” the population that all prices can rise only within the framework of inflation, “but ignore the fact that inflation itself has long gone beyond the predicted.”