Expensive cigarettes and falling disposable income are forcing Russians to plant their own tobacco

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c-cig-RTSUXER-Ilya Naymushin

Sales of cigarettes in Russia dropped 19.6% between 2013 and 2016, but some Russians kept smoking. They just had to start planting their own tobacco.

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c-cig-RTSUXER-Ilya Naymushin

19.6%

After two years of recession, Russia’s economy finally started growing in 2017, but its people aren’t feeling richer: In September, real wages were 13% lower than in 2014, before the recession started.

c-cig-RTSUXER-Ilya Naymushin

19.6%

“Several governors have told me that last year people started planting tobacco in their dachas and gardens,” said Sergei Ryabukhin, head of the Senate’s budget and finance committee.

c-cig-RTSUXER-Ilya Naymushin

19.6%

c-cig-RTSUXER-Ilya Naymushin

19.6%

Soon enough Russians smokers might be able to start buying cigarettes again—at least according to official projections that the recession should be over this year.

c-cig-RTSUXER-Ilya Naymushin

19.6%

After two consecutive years of negative growth, the government says the economy should expand by 2.1% this year.

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