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Putin instructed to control prices for food and medicines

Russian President Vladimir Putin and head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service Maxim Shaskolsky during a meeting in the Kremlin.  Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev / Press Service of the President of the Russian Federation / TASS

Russian President Vladimir Putin and head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service Maxim Shaskolsky during a meeting in the Kremlin. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev / Press Service of the President of the Russian Federation / TASS

Vladimir Putin received the head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service Maxim Shaskolsky in the Kremlin.

– The Federal Antimonopoly Service has many tasks, one of them is price control. Now this is especially important. How is this work going? the President asked.

He noted that inflation in the country is restrained. But, as we know, some goods rise in price faster.

The chief anti-monopolist responded by talking about the most popular food.

– Markups on socially important food products in federal retail chains decreased from 22% to 5.5%. Such responsible pricing was also supported by 79 regional retail chains, – reported Shaskolky.

The official added that for bread, milk, sugar and borscht, the mark-up in federal networks does not exceed 5%.

FAS also monitors prices for vital medicines.

– We have reviewed 14 thousand prices, of which seven thousand have been reduced by an average of 35%, – said the head of the agency.

And that’s not it. Anti-monopolists also control the distribution of agricultural subsidies. During the year, officials issued 35 warnings so that all farmers could receive assistance. The authorities have agreed with fertilizer producers on “affordable prices” for all growers.

Shaskolky explained that building materials became more expensive because it was more profitable for industrialists to send them for export.

– We conducted a number of investigations, filed cases against metallurgists, manufacturers of materials from wood, from aerated concrete, glass. This is also why there is a decrease in prices for a number of building materials, the official said.

– Good. This is very important, bearing in mind our plans for housing construction, first of all, the president supported.

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