Food prices are out of control in Russia.
So now, Russian officials are even thinking about putting a price cap on “essential food products,” reports the Moscow Times.
“We will see how to efficiently place [the restrictions] into law,” the deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich said.
He also added that the government may give “the state competition watchdog more power in enforcing existing retail market regulations,” reports the Moscow Times.
What exactly counts as an “essential food product” is unclear at the moment.
The sanctions imposed by the West, the ban on important certain Western food products, and the ruble’s plunge have all been credited with contributing to the surge in inflation.
But politics aside, it’s the everyday Russian consumers who have been hit the hardest — especially since it doesn’t look like this ending anytime soon.
2216.16 rubles = $US33.20 for 2.2 lbs of nuts
A photo posted by Артём Немов (@nem_0ff) on Feb 2, 2015 at 1:07pm PST
Translation: Maybe I just don’t understand anything in this life, but it seems that a kilo of nuts can’t possibly costs the same as 200 loaves of bread.