Russia: Prices of bread are going up

Moscow / RU. (itt) Prices of bread, Russia’s staple food number one, have started going up and pushing up the rest of foodstuffs and consumer goods. In Russia’s western regions, bread has become 30 percent to 40 percent more expensive and experts say the prices will grow another ten percent to 20 percent before the yearend. The authorities are alarmed, as costlier bread and other foods may produce social discontent at a time of nearing parliamentary and presidential elections. Their alarm is grounded: political opposition will eagerly factor the price rises into their strategies.
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