Fruits and vegetables are among the products which have the strongest price increase in Russia. Photo: Atle Staalesen

Fish and fruits 30% more expensive

A major price increase on basic foodstuff strains Russian family budgets.
января 13, 2016

Several of the key ingredients in the traditional Russian menu saw the highest price hike in 2015. According to data made available by the Russian Statistical Service this week, the overall year-on-year price increase on Russian foodstuff amounted to 14,5 percent.

The price increase was the biggest on beans and grits (41%), sugar (37%), fruits and vegetables (29%), vegetable oil (31%), fish and sea products (29%) and macaroni (19,5%), the Rosstat price survey shows.

Figures from Russian regions shows a inflation rate in line with the federal average. In Arkhangelsk Oblast the consumer price increase in 2015 amounted to 13 percent and in Murmansk Oblast – 15,4 percent. In Murmansk the biggest price increase was on suger (42%) and beans and grits (42%), the regional statistical office informs.

The price increase comes as salaries in the country is on the decrease. That stirs trouble for many Russian families. The number of Russians with salaries below the official minimum wages in the course of 2015 increased with almost 13 percent to a total of 20,3 million people, newspaper RBC reports with reference to Rosstat.

As previously reported, a new study from the WCIOM polling agency  now show that a total of nine percent of Russian hardly can afford basic foodstuffs, a more than doubling compared with a similar study in 2014. Another 30 percent of respondents say they can afford food, but not new clothing. In 2014, only 18 percent of respondents adherred to that category.

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