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Russia blocks alcohol imports from Ukraine

Russia suspends alcohol imports from Ukraine – consumer rights watchdog

Russia has decided to suspend alcohol imports from Ukraine on August 15. On Wednesday the consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said there had been a number of breaches in consumer legislation.

The restrictions apply to beer produced by Obolon and SUN Inbev Ukraine, and alcohol from the Ukrainian Distribution Company.

“When scrutinizing imports of vodka, beer and other beverages from Ukraine a number of breaches in consumer protection legislation were discovered,” the watchdog’s statement said.

Rospotrebnadzor said Ukrainian beer doesn’t meet the nutritional value written on the bottles, and its branding broke the rules as it doesn’t have the right alcohol content.

The watchdog cited “numerous violations of the law on protection of consumer rights” as the reason.

Rospotrebnadzor added that the state monitoring of alimentary goods, in particular of vodka and beer, found numerous violations of consumer rights.

Following WTO rules, the information has been sent to the relevant body, the Federal Customs Service and to offices of Rospotrebnadzor across the Russian Federation.

Earlier this month, the watchdog found dangerous substances in Bourbon, a US-made whiskey.

According to the sanitary authority, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey produced by Barton 1792 Distillery Company did not comply with Customs Union technical regulations, although the whiskey label has the Eurasian Conformity, or EAC, mark, used for products on Customs Union member state markets, on it.

Falsified products were found in supplies from Germany, the Czech Republic and France.

On July 29 the watchdog banned the import of Ukrainian fruit and vegetables and canned fish claiming they also broke consumer legislation.

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Russia’s Cunning Plan on Sanctions, Europe and the US.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has implemented a cunning plan in relation to Europe and their sanctions on Russia. I call it “Right back at ya – watch this!”

“Russia is finished! Sanctions from Obama and the European Union will finished the Russian economy and now it will become the poorest country in the world! Russia can not do anything to answer the West! We will all die”

So love to scream those who do not know about Putin’s cunning plan.

Europeans believed that Russia does not respond to sanctions; but Russia has. The EU will soon feel the pain as they now know that they will lose at least 12 billion euros by being Washington’s puppet.

Putin has decided to act on the principle “I will beat gently, but firmly.” The effects wont take long to be seen.

European politicians have expressed “surprise”, “confusion”, “misunderstanding” and the hope that we can somehow “get out of the logic of sanctions.”

For the European Union, Russia is a key market. The EU’s share in the Russian food imports was 42%, and for the EU, Russia was the largest consumer, after the United States.

It is significant that the European politicians console themselves in the fact that sanctions are only imposed for a year, but the Russian market can be lost forever. Therefore, the damage from the “sanctions” Putin has retaliated with will be long-term.

In addition to the direct economic effect, the Russian sanctions will create permanent political problems. It turns out that Putin has – as Russians say – generously laid out a whole constellation of buttons on the chair – and the European Union will soon think twice about imposing sanctions on Russia.

The fact is that now all the affected countries will require from the European Commission compensation for loss, and the European Commission has to then find an extra 12 billion euros a year – and it can’t.

Finland is asking already for money: Finland is worried it will slip into another economic crisis due to the fact that Russia introduced sanctions against it. The Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said, “There is the potential that it will be the economic crisis number two,” at a press conference yesterday. It’s funny that the Finnish politician immediately demanded compensation from the European Union: “It is absolutely clear. If sanctions hit Finland disproportionately, we will try to get help from our partners in the EU. he said”

With a flick of the wrist, Putin has turned a few EU countries into clones of Ukraine. They will now also lose money just for the fact that they hate Russia (or believe they should). For Ukraine, this disease has already ended badly, but Finland and other countries will be cured of it quickly.

The treatment with be with the favorite German medicine – budget austerity policy, better known as the “healing by starvation.”

Another headache for the EU is the need to somehow arrest the indirect consequences of Russian sanctions. For example, farmers are unable to repay part of the loans that they have secured via export contracts in Russia.

Some manufacturers will not be able to pay subcontractors, some will have to lay off workers – it’s creating problems; the solution of which requires money. And the most annoying is the fact that it is now or will need to accept the fact that the export potential of the EU is diminished. 10% or so is the food consumed in Russia from European exports. The EU will have to increase subsidies to European producers, so they have a chance in other markets.

The level of subsidies in the EU amounts to 30% already, and to increase it will be very expensive, and the WTO rules will not allow this. For some countries, even the increase in grants won’t help.

For example, the Minister of Agriculture of Poland has already admitted that to replace the Russian market will be extremely difficult. The Europeans do not even have options to respond in kind, because Russia does not export food to Europe.

Russia is a major exporter of grain, but does not sell it in the EU.

With the exception of certain premium goods like French wine, Italian ham and certain cheeses, all food exports from Europe are easily replaced by exports from other countries, or Russian production.

It turns out that for Russia, there is potential for growth of its own production, while for the EU losing money is guaranteed.

There is something to think about. Assessing the long-term problems that arise from the first Russian sanctions, EU bureaucrats are likely to come to the conclusion that it is much more profitable ignore Ukraine and forget about the situation there. It is very possible that such thoughts have already dawned on EU leaders.

Just a few hours after the administration of Russian sanctions, news feeds carried this message:

“We want to overcome the logic of sanctions, we want to sit down with the Russian to the table to jointly discuss further ways of development of Ukraine”, – said the spokesman of the European Commission in Germany, Austrian Richard Kuehnel, RIA “Novosti” with reference to Deutsche Welle.
Russia offered this at the beginning, but, apparently, the Europeans needed a demonstration of political will and proof that Russia can inflict pain, without even touching the gas valve.

They got the proof, and in a rather offensive manner.

One has to be very naive to believe that the Europeans would agree to suffer economic losses for Ukraine. As can be seen from the statement by Kuehnel, they can not even tolerate a couple of weeks in order to “save face” and at least pretend that they care about the problems of Ukrainians more than the problems of their own farmers.

It is possible that we will have to watch the show and it will become quite funny. Washington will put pressure on the European Union and demand the preservation and strengthening of the sanctions, or the European Union will require compensation from the United States.

Extra money, the Americans do not have now they are bombing Iraq again, and so they may be forced to run the printing presses (“quantitative easing”) this autumn for fear of completely undermining the economy.

The most likely scenario is the US and the EU will organise some kind of scheme that could pass for a “diplomatic solution to the issue”, allowing Europeans to wear the halo as peacekeepers.

Russian sanctions have freed the EU from its default feeling of invulnerability and exclusivity.

Understanding that the loss of good relations with Russia is an unaffordable luxury, will greatly help the EU to build a better relationship with Russia, in spite of pressure from Washington. Continue reading

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от чего американцы предпочитают лечиться у себя, в Америке, а не в России, например?

Мне всегда было любопытно выяснить, отчего американцы предпочитают лечиться у себя, в Америке, а не в России, например?

Или не в Китае , или в Мексике. Или где-бы -то ни было еще. Спрашивала я тут разный народ, и пришла к выводу, что большинство людей имущих (кто может позволить себе путешествие в тур за здоровьем в другую страну) свято верят, что в Америке самая- пресамая медицина. Ну, а те, у кого дженег на путешествия нет.. у тех денег ни на что нет и они “вынуждены есть то, что дают”.
Во-первых, – по собственному опыту, – стоматология и косметология здесь оставляют желать лучшего. Это я еще мягко так пишу, щадяще.
Не стану вдаваться в подробности, замечу только, что на приеме у стоматолога (а их тут я по-первости, сравнивая с иркутскими докторами, меняла, уличая в некомпетентности, как перчатки), – слышала всегда одно и то же:”Вау! А я таких зубов никогда не видел! Кто делал? В какой стране? Какая превосходная работа!!” Без комментариев.
Качество – это одно. Стоимость медицинских услуг – другое. За деньги, что я истратила на Линины брэкеты ( или как там называются эти разноцветные железяки во рту?), можно было слетать пару раз в Иркутск и обратно. И в Иркутске выправить кривые зубы, прикусы и все в том же духе.
Но это еще что!
Начинаю интересоваться на цены за “медицинские процедуры” и диву даюсь. Мало того, что цены здесть запредельные, они еще и различные!
То есть за одну и ту же операцию (услугу) в одном госпитале возьмут одну сумму, в другом – другую. Американцы – как дети. Сказано – надо заплатить, они и платят, ни о чем не спрашивая. Платят даже за то, за что и платить не надо. (Недалече как вчера сослуживица рассказала мне историю про то, как ее старенькая мама, получая по почте отчеты от страховых компаний, принимала цифири за счета. И хоть и было на бумагах четко нарисовано “Не счет!”, – она исправно выписывала чеки. И отправляла. Так продолжалось годами.

До тех пор, пока старенькая мама моей сослуживицы не умерла. Сослуживица, листая материнскую чековую книжку, обратила внимание на непонятные проплаты и обратилась по адресам, куда уходили деньги, прося вернуть оплаченное по ошибке (точнеее, по материнскому незнанию). В возврате деней ей немедленно отказали. Сослуживица моя, не будь дура, пригрозила заявлением в суд. И быстренько получила тысячи долларов назад.
Я не натыкалась на чековые книжки с разными странными проплатами, нет. Я нарыла тут рапорт о ценах на медуслуги в разных медучреждениях огромной Америки. (Рапорт увидел свет в начале мая сего года на 17 511 (!) страницах). В общем, мне не терпится поделиться тем, что узнала.
Начну с того, что такая, ничем не примечательная операция здесь, в США , как замена сустава (колено, локоть..) в одном Оклахомском госпитале (названия нам ни к чему, потому что не в названиях суть) стоит 5 300 долларов. И та же самая оперция (!) в Калифорниийском медучреждении… уже 223 000 “зеленых”.
Госпиталь в соседнем с нами городке за помощь сердечкнику возьмет 7 737 долларов, а в столичном госпитале та же самая услуга будет в два рза дороже. (И все это – в госпиталях моего родного штата Айдахо, а не за тридевять земель).
Жидкость в легких? 15 335 долларов будет стоить лечение в столице Айдахо городе Бойзи. И то же самое, в том же самом городе, но в другом госпитале, – уже 28 769 долларов.
Болит спина? В этом случае жителям Айдахо уж наверняка лучше отправиться за здоровьем в столицу, потому что в Айдахо Фаллс чек прийдется выписывать на 11 000 больше.
Впрочем, ничего удивительно в этих ценах, если смотреть глазами американца, нет: коробочка с марлевыми повязками в местных госпиталях стоит 77 баксов). И никто мурлечку тут даром вам не даст. Точнее, дадут. И даже с улыбкой. Но в счет включат.
Знаокмая молодая мамочка рассказывала, что во время родов отказалась от “бесплатных” памперсов и прочих “подарков” в госпитале. Потому что она, медсестра по профессии, знает, что почем. Continue reading

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