What went up in Russia since July 1

Perhaps the most in the pockets of Russians hit the increase in utility tariffs – payments for gas, electricity, hot and cold water, water disposal and heating. Compared with 2011, housing and communal services tariffs increased on average by not more than 15%. Home maintenance and repair services have also become more expensive. The rent for the occupants of unprivatized apartments has increased. Further tariff increases are planned in September.

Fuel excise taxes were increased. Excise duty is an indirect tax on items of consumption that is levied on the manufacturer. As a result, its value is put into the price of the goods and for it is paid by the buyer. The excise duty rate for gasoline class 2 and below (8225 rubles per ton) increased by 6.5%, and class 3 — by 6.7% (7882 rubles per ton). On the 5th grade it declined, and on the 4th – remained unchanged.

Changes were made to the SDA. Now parking or stopping at the crosswalk and on the sidewalk in front of it at a distance closer than 5 m, not permitted by a road sign, is punishable by a fine of 1000 rubles. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, the fine will be 3000 rubles, and in cities of federal importance – 2500. Drivers will pay 3000 rubles for traffic and stop on the lane for route vehicles, in Moscow and St. Petersburg, in other cities – 1500.

The cost of public transport in many regions has become more by 20% – 40%.

Since July 1, strong alcoholic beverages and tobacco products have risen. The excise duty on alcohol 9% of the fortress rose to 300 rubles per liter of alcohol. Cognac, rum, whiskey, absinthe, tequila, gin also rose in price. A bottle of the cheapest 0.5L vodka now costs 125 rubles. It’s the retail price. Excise taxes on cigarettes increased slightly – from 360 to 390 rubles.

The rise in price of life caused discontent of part of the population. And if increases in the price of alcohol and cigarettes are endorsed by advocates of healthy living, otherwise people are less optimistic. Critics say that the rise in housing and communal services tariffs is ahead of the inflation rate and poorly motivated. In addition, usually the increase in utility bills automatically triggers a rise in prices for many goods and cracks down on inflation.

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