Food prices have risen massively in Russia, sometimes by a third. Inflation hits its highest level in two decades. But President Putin is sticking to it: the sanctions imposed because of the Ukraine war have done more harm to the West than to his country.
Amid Western sanctions over the military offensive in Ukraine, Russia's inflation has soared to its highest level in two decades. The annual inflation rate reached 17.8 percent in April, according to the Russian statistics agency Rosstat. In the case of food prices, the rate of inflation was even 20.5 percent. The development is a cause for concern, especially for low-income households.
Inflation in Russia has been rising for months. There are various factors for this, such as the economic consequences of the corona pandemic and high raw material prices. In addition, because of the decision by Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin to send troops to Ukraine, Western states imposed a series of severe sanctions that, among other things, lead to logistical problems in the Russian economy.
On Thursday, however, Putin assured that the West would do more harm to itself than Russia with its sanctions. His country is resilient to "external challenges".