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    Russian shelves cleared of salt by scared consumers in February

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    22 Şubat 2006 - 10:12Son Güncelleme : 22 Şubat 2006 - 10:12

    Sights from the famine last seen when the Soviet Union was living out its final moments have returned once again to Russia. Over the last 10 days, salt has disappeared from supermarket shelves in all the major Russian cities, including Moscow. While Russians in the provinces are stocking up on salt, sugar, and matches, as though a war were about to break out, there has meanwhile been a 1kilo per person limit on salt purchases implemented in some areas. The disappearance of salt from shelves has meanwhile shocked even the authorities at the Kremlin, who years ago now embraced the rules of market economy.

    In response to the massive disappearance of salt from market shelves, the Russian press began an investigation into what was going on with consumers. The only lead they could find was from an article in the beginning of February, printed in the Noviye Izvestiye newspaper, which said that Kiev was planning on raising the price of salt in response to the fact that Russia was raising the price of natural gas being sold to the Ukraine. Russia buys more than 40% of its salt from the Ukraine.
     
    Following the printing of this article, and despite reassurances from Russian authorities that there would be no salt crisis, Russians lunged at the supermarkets, buying up all the salt they could find. Salt prices rose from 7 rubles per kilo at the beginning of February, to almost one dollar a kilo by the end of the month.
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