Panic buying erupts in Russia as buyers scramble for sugar as Western sanctions hit

Pensioners were seen fighting over bags of sugar as international sanctions begin to hit vital supplies of essentials to Russian residents

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Russians fight over sugar as panic buying continues

Shoppers in Russia have been seen panicking buying from Moscow supermarkets as international sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine begin to hit vital supplies.

People were filmed fighting over sugar as a new delivery was brought to a store in Perekryostok in the north of the capital.

Anna, a local resident who filmed the noisy scuffle, told Podyom media that people were behaving aggressively because they were afraid of empty shelves.

They fear a potentially serious economic crisis triggered by the punitive sanctions that have seen the value of the ruble plummet.

Anna said: “There were empty shelves – no salt, no sugar, no pasta, no buckwheat and only expensive rice.

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“People suddenly saw a cart with sugar and ran towards it.

“They attacked this cart, pushing back aggressively.

“They took as much as they could for themselves, left no sugar for others.

“I wanted to share the horror of this. We must remain human.







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Another worrying run for sugar was seen in Oryol, 230 miles south of the capital, as people rushed to get their hands on sacks before they ran out.

Russians have been urged not to panic buy or hoard, but there is a lack of confidence in official assurances that supplies will hold despite Western sanctions over Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

Russian prosecutors have started checks in 26 regions over suspicions of artificially high prices and some stores are starting to ration the quantities people can buy.

In Kiselevsk, Siberia, a resident said: “There hasn’t been any sugar for three days, I’ve been trying to buy some all this time. Are we asking too much?







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“No sugar, no salt, but empty shelves. What is that? An artificially created deficit? The savages panic buying? »

In the Primorsky region, demand for sugar increased by 400% as authorities pleaded for an end to panic buying.

“500 tons of sugar should be delivered to the region soon,” the local trade ministry said.

“This amount should cover any possible shortfall.”

Despite this, Russia blocked grain exports to former Soviet states and halted exports of “white and raw cane sugar to third countries”.







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Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko said: “There are no conditions for risks of shortages or for a reduction in the product range.

“It’s not worth driving up artificial demand with purchases for the future.

“We will reorient the market and establish mutually beneficial trade, expand our partnership network with friendly countries.”

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Rachel J. Bradford