Vladimir Putin blasts Russian supermarket chiefs over pricey sausagesJune 26th, 2009 - 1:34 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 26 (ANI): Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin recently visited a Moscow supermarket and pointed out that the sausages were too expensive.
In an impromptu visit to a branch of supermarket chain Perekrestok, Putin expressed his annoyance with the high price of packet of sausages, The Telegraph reports.
Rounding on Yuri Kobaladze, the chain’s head of corporate relations, Putin demanded: “Why do your sausages cost 240 roubles? Is that normal?”
“But these are high quality sausages,” Kobaladze replied.
With a look of relief crossing his face, the executive spotted some cheaper sausages.
“Look, these ones are just 49 roubles,” he said.
But the leader was not to be deterred.
“Too expensive,” he muttered, before conjuring up a price list from his pocket. “I can show you your mark up. Look at this kind of sausage. You’ve marked it up by 52 per cent.”
Putin did not stop there, he further said: “This is double the (cost) price, Is this normal?”
“Is 120 per cent a high mark up?” Kobaladze responded.
“Very high,” Putin said.
“It will be lowered tomorrow,” the executive replied.
In growing recession, Putin’s stunt seemingly comes across as an effort to make people understand his commitment towards fighting inflation, which is at a high 14 percent presently in Russia. (ANI)
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