Food price hikes have accelerated in Russia over the last few months, following trends on global food markets. According to Russia's State Statistics Service, the fastest growth in September was demonstrated by rapeseed and soybean oil prices (13.5%), pasteurized milk (9.4%), fermented milk products (7.9%) and curd (7.4%-7.5%).
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