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

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

It has been at least a year since shopping in russia It has become quite a feat. “But how do you do it? Do you buy such expensive food products?” a nosy neighbor had caught herself once. However, we had simply filled the classic plastic bag of a normal supermarket with what we needed during the week so that it arrived just on Saturday. The aspect that, if anything, caught the attention is that if a couple of years ago it would have been enough a little more than a thousand rubles For that amount of food, twice the amount needed last December was needed. Now, 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 jewelry: and the increase in the last quarter varies according to the product from 20 to 40 percent. “I live in the province and I get by,” says Igor. Here at the collective farm market, tomatoes cost 200 rubles per kilo (almost 2.7 euros), while in St. Petersburg it’s barely twice as much, 400. I don’t know how those in the city do it.”

The most famous supermarket chains have launched endless offers and the cash back system. In practice, if you are a fidelista and have a card, depending on what you buy -with respect to what you would pay- they return the money to you on the receipt itself. Consumers have appreciated and are looking carefully at these developments. The elderly – in constant struggle with hunger pensions, of about 200 euros on average per month – find it difficult to understand and, some time ago, it was not uncommon to see them leave the products in the box so as not to have enough money. with them for purchase. Truly a sad image for a country that collects between 700 and 1,000 million dollars a day thanks to the sale of raw materials, and that, for decades, instead of supporting social spending, guaranteeing decent checks, has launched a senseless arms race. The vast majority of Russians usually buy basic products in markets or shops: bread, milk, eggs, meat, pasta, rice. The housewives then jump through hoops, cooking, often for a long time, to put constantly changing dishes on the table.

“I have a guest for lunch today. There are three of us at the table,” she says. Olga, which he started preparing first thing in the morning to be ready at 3:00 p.m.: “a plate of salmon with black olives as an appetizer; borsc (editor’s 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, orange juice and the inevitable bottle of vodka”. Let’s try to do the calculations. Let’s start with the drink: a bottle of vodka of average quality is around 400 rubles (5.2 euros), 80 for orange juice, 40 for mineral water. medium: 300-400 rubles, olives 100 rubles “borsc” ingredients (to avoid 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 “olivie”) another 300; meatballs with rice with sauce, maybe more than another thousand rubles depending on the chosen meat. For dessert: ingredients for the simplest cake with tea, another 400. Basically , doing everything at home and investing a good number of hours, Olga spent -rub the most ruble minus – more than 3300 rubles (about 43 euros). She pity that her pension is 14 thousand rubles (185 euros). Fortunately for her, her husband has saved her money for old age in the past. If, on the contrary, one had chosen, for the same lunch, to buy ready-made products, then the thousands of rubles would be counted one after another.

Olga is still happy that her pension has already been paid. On the occasion of the May festivities (first and nine with long bridge) the State paid the monthly payments and various “compensations” in advance. As of April 26, low-income families with children between the ages of 8 and 17 can apply for financial aid through the “GosUslugi” portal. Olga, who doesn’t miss an episode of TV shows Solovyov – one of the Kremlin’s most ardent “propagandists”, now under Western sanctions – has already prepared the seeds and what needs to be sown on his small plot at the dacha. He will spend the summer growing potatoes and vegetables, the reserves of which are a certainty in these difficult times.