War in Ukraine, so the Russians “pay” the fines at the supermarket checkout

It’s been at least a year since shopping in Russia it has become quite an achievement. “But how do you do that? Do you buy such expensive groceries?” a curious neighbor had once caught on. Yet we simply filled the classic plastic bag from a normal supermarket with what we needed during the week to arrive on Saturday.The aspect that, if any, was striking was that if a few years ago it would have been enough a little over a thousand rubles for this quantity of food, it was necessary to double it last December. Today, after two crazy months, February-March 2022, with an inflation rate of two percent every seven days, the situation is even worse. Everything imported is extremely expensive. Fruits and vegetables have become the stuff of jewels: and the increase in the last quarter varies according to the products from 20 to 40%. “I live in the province and I manage – says Igor -. Here, in the collective farm market, tomatoes cost 200 rubles per kilo (almost 2.7 euros), while in St. Petersburg double that, 400. I don’t know how those in the city do”.

The most famous supermarket networks launched endless offers and the cash back system. In practice, if you’re a loyalist and have a card, depending on what you buy – versus what you would pay – they reimburse you on the receipt itself. Consumers have appreciated and are watching these new products attentively. The elderly – in constant struggle with hunger pensions, on average around 200 euros per month – find it difficult to understand and, already some time ago, it was not uncommon to see them leaving the products at checkout for not having enough money with them for the purchase. Truly a sad picture for a country, which receives between 700 and 1 billion dollars a day from the sale of raw materials, and which for decades, instead of supporting social spending, guaranteeing decent checks, has embarked on a senseless arms race. The vast majority of Russians usually buy basic goods in markets or shops: bread, milk, eggs, meat, pasta, rice. Then the housewives jump through hoops, cook – often for a long time – to put ever-changing dishes on the table.

War in Ukraine, so the Russians “pay” the fines at the supermarket checkout

“I have a guest for lunch today. There are three of us at the table,” he said. Olga, which he began to prepare early in the morning to be ready at 3 p.m.: “a plate of salmon with black olives as a starter; borsc (note: the classic Slavic soup with different recipes depending on the country), Russian salad, meatballs with a mixture of meat and rice, cherry tomatoes, white bread and black bread, a cake, mineral water, juice orange and the essential bottle of vodka”. Let’s try to do the math. Let’s start by drinking: a bottle of medium-quality vodka is around 400 rubles (5.2 euros), 80 for orange juice, 40 for mineral water Medium-value salmon wrap: 300-400 rubles, olives 100 rubles Borsc ingredients (avoiding the risk of stealing too many culinary secrets – you never know these days!): 600 rubles; Russian salad (also called “stolichnaja” or “from the capital” or “olivia”) another 300; meatballs with rice in sauce – maybe more than a thousand rubles depending on the meat chosen. dessert: ingredients for the simplest type of cake with tea, another 400. Basically, making everything at once At home and investing a good number of hours, Olga spent – ruble more ruble less – more than 3300 rubles (about 43 euros). Too bad his pension is 14 thousand rubles (185 euros). Luckily for her, her husband has saved his retirement money in the past. If, on the contrary, one had chosen, for the same lunch, to buy cooked products, then the thousands of rubles would be counted one after the other.

Olga is still happy that her pension has already been paid. On the occasion of the May holidays (first and ninth with a long bridge) the State paid the monthly allowances and various “compensations” in advance. From April 26, low-income families, who have children between the ages of 8 and 17, can apply for cash assistance through the “GosUslugi” portal. Olga, who does not miss an episode of the programs of Solovyov – one of the most ardent “propagandists” in the Kremlin, now under Western sanctions – has already prepared the seeds and what to sow in his small plot at the dacha. He will spend the summer growing potatoes and vegetables whose supplies are a certainty in these difficult times.

Leave a Comment