In Albania, Serbia, Ukraine, Romania and Macedonia gasoline is much more expensive, and salaries are lower than in Russia. This will allow oil giants like Rosneft and LUKOIL, under the pretext of a new VAT to repeat last year’s jump in prices of 15-20%.
Last spring, the Russian fuel market is reeling from growing by day in gasoline prices. The Russians were shocked at how quickly the numbers change at the gas station and threatened the government with mass protests. The increases in gasoline prices was stopped, thus reducing the degree of tension in society, which, however, soon rose again thanks to the initiatives by raising the retirement age and the introduction of a new VAT. However, fears of domestic motorists on the new jump in fuel prices has not gone anywhere. The same new VAT suggests an increase in the cost of gasoline by a few percent. At the same time today, RIA “Novosti” published a rating of the prices for petroleum products, capable of provoking new growth.
In particular, the study showed that in Russia the cheapest petrol in Europe, with the exception of Kazakhstan. There’s a liter of fuel in January can be had for 46.5 rubles, while as in Russia the price averaged 47.2 ruble. The same result showed Belarus. The most expensive AI-95 from Europe in Norway. There per liter of gasoline will have to pay 114 rubles. In France and the UK the price was about 105 rubles. Thus, the Russian oil giant failed to demonstrate to the Russians that their situation is pretty good.
At the same time, immediately arose a debate regarding the commensurability of the Russian and European wages. This issue has affected, in particular, chief editor of the magazine “national defense” Igor Korotchenko. Russia ranked second in Europe in terms of cheap gasoline. Everything is good, but I would like to know what place in Europe we rank in terms of salary?”, – wrote in his Twitter expert. Thus, according to the same survey, Russia is only at the 20th place in Europe by the number of liters of gasoline that you can afford on average wage in this country. If it helps to stop the pressure from oil giants like Rosneft and LUKOIL on the way to the next jump of the prices, which many analysts predict since March 1?
Based on the ratio of price and income levels, you can take the example of countries such as Albania, Serbia, Ukraine, Romania and Macedonia. Here the average wage is lower than in Russia, but fuel prices are much higher. For example, all in the same Ukraine for liter of AI-95 asked about 70 rubles, while the average monthly salary in the country is 25 thousand rubles. With the same income level in Serbia, the price of gasoline of the same grade is 88.4 ruble. So the Russians, it turns out, still need a “thank you” to say in “acceptable prices”. Or not?
Given such comparisons, it can be assumed that the oil majors will soon understand that the Russian motorists can still wait and decide that it is time to pay the 60 cents per liter, not 47. That is the price analysts are predicting for the year 2019. But what about other examples? Protests crisis Venezuela sells to citizens gasoline at 4 cents in recalculation on the Russian currency. Less crisis and more close example is Azerbaijan, where the fuel is sold for 30 rubles per liter. In Iran the price of gasoline altogether is 18 roubles in recalculation on the Russian currency. These countries, like Russia, are oil producing giants, but Russia in terms of production ahead of them both in the two and a half times. On this basis, we can say that for the Russians, gasoline prices are another monstrous tax that is just not called such. And improve it can absolutely far-fetched reasons.
Earlier, we wrote that the Russian oil oligarchs, in the person of “Rosneft”, “Gazprom Neft” and “LUKOIL” may be forced to pay the Russians for gas at inflated prices thanks to newfangled marketing moves. One of them has already prompted the sale of the fuel by the pint. This will create the illusion of lower prices, but in reality everything is the opposite.