Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Moscow are leaders in petrol affordability, while KBR and Ingushetia are foreign
MOSCOW, 1 August – RIA Novosti. According to the results of an RIA Novosti study, residents of the Yamalo-Nenets Region, Moscow and Chukotka can buy the most gasoline with their average monthly salary. The least fuel can be purchased by residents of Chechnya, Kabardino-Balkaria and Ingushetia.
According to experts, gasoline prices in Russia in 2022 were stable. Since January of this year, the price of AI-92 gasoline in the whole country has increased by only 0.5%. At the same time, in the March-June period, the price of gasoline fell every month due to the decrease in exports of refined products due to the sanctions by experts and its excess in the domestic market.
According to the study, in June 2022, in 72 regions of the Russian Federation, the average price of AI-92 gasoline changed by less than 2% compared to December of the previous year, of which the change was less than 1% in 56 regions. . Gasoline prices rose in 43 regions, fell in 41 regions, and remained unchanged in one region, the Chukotka Autonomous Region.
Prices still differ significantly from region to region. In June 2022, the average prices of AI-92 gasoline in the regions of Russia ranged from 43.48 rubles to 61.6 rubles per liter, while the all-Russian level was 47.17 rubles per liter.
“At the same time, the regional differentiation of the income of the population remains high, so the burden on the family budgets of ordinary drivers depends not on the prices of gas stations, but on the percentage of gasoline prices. In the explanatory note to the study, the wages in a particular region ”says.
Experts note that in 2022 there is an upward trend in wages, which, against the background of stable gasoline prices, leads to an increase in its availability, but still depends on the region.
The rating is based on the volume that residents can purchase with their average monthly wage, which is the most common brand of gasoline AI-92 in the country. The amount of liters of fuel available for wage purchases was determined by subtracting personal income tax from the average monthly salary in the region from May 2021 to April 2022, dividing by the average gasoline price in the region in June 2022.
Leaders in fuel availability
The leaders of the rating were, as last year, the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and Moscow, where the average salary can receive more than 2,000 liters of AI-92 gasoline per month at the national level of 1,087 liters. In the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Magadan Region and Sakhalin Region, residents can buy more than 1.5 thousand liters per month.
In 14 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, drivers can buy from 1 to 1.5 thousand liters of AI-92 gasoline for the average salary in the region. These are: Kamchatka Territory, St. Petersburg, Murmansk Region, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Moscow Region, Komi Republic, Krasnoyarsk Region, Amur Region, Tyumen Region, Khabarovsk Region, Arkhangelsk Region, Irkutsk Region, Primorsky Region and Tomsk Region. Thus, the northern and metropolitan regions are included in the leading group in terms of the availability of gasoline for the population.
Residents of 23 regions cannot buy more than 700 liters of fuel for their average monthly salary. Residents of the Republic of Ingushetia (570 liters), the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria (586 liters) and the Chechen Republic (587 liters) can buy the least amount of gasoline with their salary. At the same time, the low availability of gasoline in most countries of the Russian Federation from below the rating is due to very low wages from gasoline prices.
Cheap doesn’t mean affordable
According to research, prices for automotive fuel in the Russian regions are very wide: from AI-92 gasoline at 43.48 rubles per liter in the Chelyabinsk region to 61.56 rubles per liter in the Magadan region.
The highest price for gasoline is still in the Far Eastern regions, which the authors of the study explain with the high costs of its transportation due to certain geographical conditions. At the same time, in many regions with expensive gasoline, its availability is higher due to higher salaries. In June 2022, AI-92 gasoline costs more than 55 rubles per liter in five regions, and for the average monthly salary in all these regions you can buy more than 1,000 liters of gasoline. Almost all of them are in the top ten in terms of fuel availability, with the exception of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), in 11th place with the cost of gasoline at 56.93 rubles.
The minimum cost of Al-92 gasoline was fixed in the Chelyabinsk region – 43.48 rubles per liter. In addition, in four more regions, the average cost of AI-92 gasoline in June 2022 was less than 45 rubles per liter. These are the Altai Territory (44.95 rubles per liter), Kemerovo Region (44.76 rubles per liter), Kurgan Region (44.64 rubles per liter), Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region (43.90 rubles per liter).
According to experts, gasoline prices changed by more than 2% in only 13 regions. Two of these, in the Republic of Adygea (3.47%) and Sevastopol (3.04%), recorded a decrease of 11. Most notably, AI-92 gasoline prices fell more than 5% in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (-10.24%), the Tyva Republic (-9.87%) and the Komi Republic (-5.87%).
Experts conclude that the increase in gasoline prices will resume in the second half of the year, but will generally remain significantly below inflation until the end of the year.
“The expected price increase will be no more than 3-4 percent, while the expected inflation will be around 14 percent. At the same time, the rate of increase in wages will be higher on average than the growth in gasoline prices in the country and therefore is expected to increase its affordability for the population” – explanatory note specified.
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