Staunton, August 23 – The Russian government has failed to change the mix of the market basket, the prices of whose components it uses to measure inflation, despite the fact that the pandemic has led to a fundamental shift in the share of those components. Yevgeny Kogan says. As a result, its official inflation figures are increasingly at odds with reality.
The banker and Higher School of Economics scholar says that inflation is being misstated because the components of the market basket showing the greatest price increases have changed in size relative to those with lower price increases (finversia.ru/obsor/blogs/evgenii-kogan-iz-za-pandemii-potrebitelskie-predpochteniya-rezko-izmenilis-80031).
t.me/COVID2019_official/1334). The pandemic continued to ebb and flow across the country with re-openings and re-closings tracking that (regnum.ru/news/society/3040080.html).
The Chumakov Scientific Center has filed a request with the health ministry to begin clinical trials on yet another Russian vaccine. It seeks authorization to test several thousand Russians with its medication (ura.news/news/1052446454
banki.ru/news/lenta/?id=10931883); and figures show that agricultural exports, mostly to China, have soared even as export earnings from raw materials have fallen significantly (svpressa.ru/economy/article/274044/).
Meanwhile, in other pandemic-related news from Russia today,
· The Vakhtangov Theater has become the latest artistic troupe to come down with coronavirus infections. Two of its actors are tested positive (regnum.ru/news/3043669.html).
The requirement to wash hands as a way of containing the virus has sparked an upsurge in mysophobia among Russians, adding to the workload of Russian psychiatrists (profile.ru/society/strax-da-i-tolko-pandemiya-covid-19-prinesla-epidemiyu-mizofobii-395776/