Russians scramble to stockpile eggs as Putins war sparks economic chaos

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A video of mostly elderly Russians queuing up for eggs has exposed the economic impact of Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, shared a clip of ordinary Russians in the southwestern city of Saratov lining up for the basic food item.

This comes amid reports that Russians are stockpiling eggs, amid rising inflation across the country.

Experts link the soaring levels of inflation to President Putin’s invasion and the Western sanctions that followed.

Alongside the video, Mr Gerashchenko tweeted: “In Saratov, Russia, people are standing in large queues for eggs and making large stockpiles of them.

“There are queues in the city to buy eggs. People are even fighting over eggs sometimes.

“Over the past week, eggs have been breaking the record for inflation. The region has also started selling them by the piece.

“Are the ‘food wars’ in Russian grocery stores returning?”

A report in Euronews last week revealed that many Russian pensioners are unable to afford rent and food without the help of their children due to the inflation levels.

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Russia’s Central Bank forecasts inflation for the full year, as well as next year, to be about 7.5 percent.

However, shoppers in Russia disagree and claim food prices in particular are devastatingly high.

Roxana Gheltkova, a shopper in Moscow, told Euronews: “If we talk in percentage terms, then, probably, prices increased by 25 percent.

“This is meat, staple products — dairy produce, fruits, vegetables, sausages. My husband can’t live without sausage!

“Sometimes I’m just amazed at price spikes.”

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Lilya Tsarkova, 70, said without her children she “wouldn’t know how to pay for rent and food”.

Figures from the Russian state data agency Rosstat released earlier this month show a huge spike in food prices compared to just one year ago.

The cost of cabbages is 74 percent higher than in 2022, oranges are 72 percent, while cucumbers are 47 percent more expensive.

Maxim Blant, a Russian economy analyst based in Latvia, said the “unlimited funding” for the military – which includes a record amount for defence spending over the next two years – is contributing to the inflation crisis.

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