Queues are lengthening in cities for increasingly rationed food products. But the authorities do not recognize the gravity of the situation.
“Amazing news in the 21st century from Turkmenistan: the country suffers from a serious food shortage”, inform the Russian newspaper online Vzgliad. But the authorities of this country – among the most closed in the world – do not officially recognize it.
Since spring, for basic foodstuffs, Turkmens have received ration coupons. But, in six months, “The individual ration was halved”. Consequence: since the beginning of October, to buy sugar, vegetable oil, milk, rice and cigarettes, long queues meander, for hours during and even at night, in front of the state stores where the prices are fixed and low. In private shops, prices are unaffordable for the majority of the population.
According to the site Turkmen News, in Mary’s region, a family has the right to buy, twice a month, one liter of vegetable oil, 2-3 chicken thighs, 5 kg of wheat flour, 1.5 kg of vegetables “Poor quality” and 1 kg of