So why did Putin & us peons get peeved?
Because food prices jumped for no reason, other than profit mongers… (profit monger (plural profit mongers) A person, business or profession marked by avarice and greed.)
Moscow. December 10. INTERFAX.RU – The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin criticized the actions of the ministries, which did not react properly to the rise in prices for certain products, reminded them of their official duties.
“Why did the responsible ministries and departments not take timely measures and missed the situation with the rise in prices for important products, although you have all the tools? They underestimated the risk, let it go,” Mishustin said during a regular government meeting on Thursday.
He recalled that the day before, at a meeting on economic issues with the President of the Russian Federation, the rise in prices for a number of products was discussed. “This is an extremely sensitive topic for people. In the context of a decrease in income, this is simply unacceptable. And on the instructions of the head of state, we must take concrete measures to effectively contain prices for products that are important to people,” the prime minister said.
“Dear colleagues, I want to remind you that back in the fall we saw this trend, paid attention to it, but many of you explained such an increase only by a seasonal factor, not taking into account the increase in exports of these goods, and the dynamics of world prices for these products, , reduction in the production of a number of commodity items. But the seasonality has changed, and the situation has not improved, “- said Mishustin.
The prime minister instructed deputy prime ministers, ministers and heads of relevant departments to take measures to resolve the situation with the rise in food prices. The Federal Tax Service has been instructed to directly report to the Prime Minister on food prices every Monday, and the Prime Minister’s Assistant Igor Artemyev will need to summarize all information from ministries and departments and prepare a weekly report. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Grigorenko was instructed to personally supervise the execution of all orders.
“The Minister of Agriculture today needs to negotiate with producers, and, of course, involve the Federal Antimonopoly Service and the Federal Tax Service in this work,” he said. Mishustin instructed his first deputy Andrei Belousov to take part in these negotiations.
“We see that there is really no shortage of products now. There are enough of them to provide our consumers,” he stressed.
The day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with the government on economic issues, at which they discussed measures to ensure the availability of basic food products for Russians.
Before the meeting at a meeting with the head of the Ministry of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev, he recalled the shortage of food during the Soviet era. “Then they said:“ The Soviet Union has everything, but not everyone has enough. ”Then there was not enough because there was a deficit, but now it may not be enough because people do not have enough money to purchase certain products at the prices that we see on the market, “the head of state explained his idea.
Later, at a meeting, Putin stressed that the rise in prices for basic food products “cannot be explained by a pandemic,” and demanded the timely use of price containment instruments.
Fun to watch!