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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Winter Famine Avoided

MOSCOW -- Russia's government managed to prevent widespread hunger this winter because it intervened in time, a top government official said in an interview published Tuesday.

"Contrary to initial apprehensions, there is no and will be no hunger in Russia,'' Deputy Prime Minister Yury Maslyukov was quoted as saying in an interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper. "We will survive the winter one way or another."

Before the financial crisis struck Russia in August, imports accounted for about 60 percent of the country's food consumption. After the ruble was devalued in August, imports slumped by 85 percent and some regions faced massive shortages, Maslyukov said.