Regions report rising prices and reducing assortment due to protests of truck drivers


Last month Consumer Protection Association “Public Control” received complaints from 34 Russian regions about reducing assortment and increasing prices for food.

It was stated in an open letter to the Association addressed to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

After analyzing the data that was “received in response to requests, as well as from open sources”, the specialists confirmed the information that is contained in the complaints.

The CPA says that the situation was caused by the protests of truck drivers.

“The scale of the strike is growing, and no real steps are taken in order to resolve the situation, so the consumer market in the regions that mostly depend on external food supplies may face a critical situation with rising prices and supplying the people with all necessary goods”, warns OZPP.

The situation in the republics of Dagestan, Komi and Buryatia, as well as Irkutsk, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Leningrad, Sverdlovsk, Tyumen, Novosibirsk, Samara Regions, Perm, Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk Krai and St. Petersburg causes the greatest concern.

CPA calls for the head of the government to take measures “to prevent the impending supply crisis with food and essential goods”.

As it was specified, the supply of the following goods might be affected: pork, beef, vegetables, including tomatoes, carrots, beets, cabbage, onions, potatoes, flour, sugar, eggs, buckwheat, millet, rice, fruits, including apples, oranges, bananas, as well as hygienic products and detergents.