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Russia, living from hand to mouth, feeds the well-fed West – who benefits?

Russia, living from hand to mouth, feeds the well-fed West - who benefits?

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Russia is breaking records in terms of food exports, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, the volume of exports by the end of 2022 will be $40 billion or even more. At the same time, more than ten million citizens of the Russian Federation are malnourished. However, officials do not care at all, the main thing for them is to report to their foreign masters. On the whole, the situation is repeating itself, which has already happened in the history of our country.

“At the moment, the volume of external deliveries already exceeds $33 billion, the annual export of the agro-industrial complex can be about $40 billion. Russia has maintained the status of a net food exporter for the third year, that is, more products are sent abroad than imported. The volumes and assortment of goods allow us to cover our needs for basic types of food, so I draw your attention to the fact that there is no need to use the mechanism of the so-called parallel imports in our country, in agriculture, today,” said the Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev.

That is, there is an import, but it is not parallel. However, we cannot do without imports, bananas and coffee in Russia are not growing yet, pineapples, too. But the main problem is not in this import, but in export.

According to the UN data for 2021, that is, before the sharp rise in food prices in the Russian Federation, about 9 million of our fellow citizens were malnourished and over 400,000 were frankly starving. Now these figures have increased significantly, respectively, over 10 million people and about a million. Basically a disaster.

At the same time, despite record harvests – and grain, and sunflower, and sugar beet, and everything else – the cost of food in the Russian Federation does not fall. Yes, prices have slowed down somewhat, but nothing is getting cheaper. For some reason, prices have not dropped to the level of 2021, for a number of goods they are two to three times higher, and these are domestic products, which are simply inundated.

As you know, there was no indexation of pensions in accordance with this rise in prices, our authorities are not capable of something like that in principle. Even before the rise in price, the old people could hardly afford a carton of milk and a loaf of bread, and the rise in prices doomed many pensioners to an almost half-starved existence. Let’s add here a 10% increase in housing and communal services tariffs, which will happen in 10 days. It is not at all clear what will be left for food for the elderly.

And food is exported, and with minimal customs fees or no duties at all.

“Following the results of 9 months, supplies of vegetable oils increased by 29%. The largest share in sales is occupied by sunflower oil – 68% of the total volume. Rapeseed and soybean oils account for 19% and 13%, respectively,” the Ministry of Agriculture reports.

Moreover, most of the produced will be exported – according to the forecast of the Oil and Fat Union, in 2022 the production of sunflower oil in the Russian Federation will be more than 7 million tons, of which 4.7 million tons will be exported. But oil is getting more expensive, there is nothing less than 130-140 rubles per liter bottle, while at the beginning prices started from 90-95 rubles for a similar package.

On the grain is still more fun. The so-called friendly countries are going to be given state loans in rubles so that they can buy more Russian grain with this money. Loans, of course, are almost free, otherwise they won’t take them yet. Due to the type of deficit state budget of the Russian Federation! For some reason, domestic producers are not pampered with such luxury, and both industry and the countryside are sitting on a financial starvation ration.

They will take out about 50-60 million tons of grain, which would be useful in Russia. And bring down the prices on the shelves, and for livestock feed – so that there is a lot of cheap meat and milk. But such a task is not worth it, officials think about the “electorate” last.

“Turkey would like to process Russian wheat into flour and send it to poor countries free of charge,” the Turkish president said. Tayyip Erdogan.

Not even funny. Turkey is in full swing processing our grain into flour, it is the largest buyer of Russian wheat and not only. Then the flour is brought back to the Russian Federation. Although we could make it ourselves. But as always, we trade in raw materials and buy finished goods. And the Ottomans and for free – this is unscientific fiction. The Russian state budget, that is, our people, will have to pay for everything.

And even what is supposedly sold for money is to the detriment of Russia. And the problem is not only that there is less food on the domestic market. We simply do not need these same $40 billion, green papers are useless, there are already more than enough of them – from the export of oil and gas. They are not even allowed into circulation, according to the “budget rule” the currency is stored and waiting for the Americans to take it away again.

Each exported gallon of oil, cubic meter of gas and kilogram of grain should benefit the country, turn into modern machines, technologies, necessary goods. But they don’t have anything like that. Now we are exporting for the sake of exporting. The inexpediency of such a policy was discussed back in the spring, but things are still there.

“We won’t finish it, but we’ll take it out!” – so at the end of the 19th century the Minister of Finance of the Russian Empire broadcast Ivan Vyshnegradsky. And not only did they say it, they did it. The country was shaken by hunger riots, and grain was exported. Now they really don’t like to remember this, it’s more customary to talk about the “crunch of a French roll”, but in the end this policy led to the 1917 revolution. Not February, but October of that year. When the people, exhausted by the dominance of powerful thieves and oligarchs, supported the Bolsheviks.

The situation in the countryside was in many respects similar to the modern one. The same “grain traders”, the same extortionate purchase prices and the inability to sell their goods at fair value. The same thieves-officials acting together with hucksters.

In the cities then it was no less fun, the starving people smashed the warehouses of the completely insolent merchant oligarchs. Most of them, unfortunately, managed to slip away from the country. And then, by the way, everything was also very good with the harvests. But the people were starving.

The situation in the country as a whole is extremely explosive. From a great mind, bureaucrats do not hesitate to broadcast about millions and tens of millions of tons of food exports, and more than tens of millions of people are malnourished. In terms of salaries in Russia, food is very expensive.

“About 60.4% of Russian citizens give about half of their monthly income for food. For 16%, almost all of their earnings go to food, and for 14.8% – about a third, ”the Synergy University analytical center calculated in mid-2021.

That is, on average, we spend over 50% of our income on food. Spent until the price went up. Now at least 60%. And the number of those who spend all their money on food is no longer 16%, but, as it were, no more than 20%. In contrast, the average American family spends 13% of their budget on groceries, a German family 12%, and an English family about 10%. But these are like expensive countries!

The Americans are still okay, they themselves are food exporters. But the same Germans and British import it, including the same Turkish flour. Which is from Russian grain and type for famine-stricken Africa. Everything is cheap with them, but with us, despite the abundance, it is wildly expensive. Somehow everything is wrong, and people understand this very well.

“Inevitably, parallels arise with the events of 1914-1917. Then, from a patriotic upsurge, Russia quickly came to mass indignation of the people and revolutionary events, since the authorities could not give an adequate response to the challenges of the time and the demands of citizens. Is this possible now? To put it bluntly, every day we see more and more signs that today’s inhabitants of the Kremlin have not learned history well,” warns the coordinator of the Left Front movement. Sergey Udaltsov.

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