What will change in Russia from June 1, 2021: labeling of ice cream and the end of the sugar price freeze

We tell you about important changes in laws and regulations from June 1, 2021

In June, a number of measures began to take effect, one way or another connected with attempts to curb the rise in food prices.

On June 1, the term of the agreement that the government entered into with producers and retail chains to freeze sugar prices expires. Further holding back prices is supposed to be done by more market methods. In particular, it is planned to create an intervention fund. If the excitement starts again on the market, it is supposed to bring it down by supplying sugar from these state bills. There will also remain subsidies to producers for each kilogram of sugar sent to the store at agreed, not increased prices.

Since June 2, the so-called grain damper mechanism (floating export duty) is being introduced on a permanent basis. Let’s leave the complicated explanation of how this damper works. The bottom line is that it should protect us from sharp hikes in grain prices on the domestic market following the global ones. Much depends on the cost of grain. In particular, the cost of feed – and, accordingly, along the chain, the prices of all livestock products from milk to eggs. And, of course, the prices for flour.

From June 5, the export of buckwheat and buckwheat groats will be suspended – until September 1. So it is supposed to cope with the next jump in prices for buckwheat. What kind of export of buckwheat, which, it seems, is not eaten anywhere except in Russia? Experts confirm that exports have indeed increased lately. To China, Japan, but above all to the neighboring countries, where buckwheat has been loved since Soviet times. From July 1 last year (the beginning of the grain season) to the end of April, 104 thousand tons of buckwheat were exported from the country. A season earlier – only 40 thousand tons. For comparison, the consumption of buckwheat in Russia itself is at the level of 400 thousand tons.

From June 1, companies will have to enter information on all corporate SIM cards issued to employees into the Unified Identification and Authentication System. To put it simply, the SIM card will be tied to the employee’s verified account on the public services portal.

Thus, it is planned to reduce the market for “left” SIM cards, which one-day firms register for themselves, and then sell to someone who is not clear. Such cards, in particular, are used by telephone scammers.

From June 1, the sensational law on educational activities begins to operate . What exactly this will mean is not yet very clear. The rules for carrying out such activities must be approved by the government. But the draft resolution prepared and published for discussion caused such a flurry of negativity that it was sent for revision, and the new version has not yet been presented.

At the very least, it is clear from the law what educational activities are. In short, everything that is somehow connected with the transfer of some knowledge or experience falls under it. Those videos on social networks about how to cook borscht or hammer a nail correctly – theoretically, too.

Also, the law stipulates what exactly can not be done: incite social, racial, national and other strife, promote discrimination, spread fakes, call for illegal actions, etc.

From June 6, banks no longer have the right to quietly deny a borrower a “mortgage vacation ” – they must explain the reason. It is expected that this will reduce the number of unjustified refusals.