The National Statistical Office
reports that in February the country’s annual
inflation stood at 3.6%, but this figure
is the result of the data manipulation when the increased energy prices are considered
to have fallen in price due to temporary
government subsidies. Without taking this into account, inflation would have
Sakstat has used this peculiar
method of statistical calculation quite recently when the electricity tariff which
increased by 20-24%, depending on the regions and consumption, is considered
fallen in price being partially paid
from the state subsidies.
The government subsidized energy consumption for certain businesses,
such as bakeries or food factories for a year, but the subsidies apply only to
large companies. The government has also allocated subsidized utility bills for the population for a period
of 4 months.
These measures are purely
social and temporary and can’t be considered a long-term tariff. It officially
turned out that gas and electricity not only did not rise in price, but even
dropped by 1.85% and stood at 3.5%
instead of 5.4%.
Subsidies are carried out at
the expense of taxpayers, and this is not a gift or charity, and most
importantly, even these subsidies are purely temporary and do not affect the
Prices for goods and services keep
rising. Compared with February 2020, this
February sunflower oil price increased by 34.3%, sugar by 14.1%, coffee and tea by
12.4%, fish by 10.6%, bread by 8.7%.
Food products account for
2, 03% in the total inflation rate, other goods and services account for about a
Along with foodstuffs, prices for healthcare services
rose by 9.8%, furniture and household items - 12.3%, alcohol and tobacco -