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In Current Crisis, Russians Buying More Bullets And Baseball Bats – OpEd

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Over the last two weeks with the ruble in free fall and the coronavirus spreading, Russians have purchased 130 percent more bullets and 30 percent more baseball bats than they did in the previous two, according to the OFD Platform which keeps track of retail transactions (rbc.ru/business/24/03/2020/5e79a98b9a794723ac13e027 and govoritmagadan.ru/v-rossii-rezko-vyrosli-prodazhi-patronov-i-bejsbolnyh-bit/).

Some retailers say some people are buying these things for seasonal reasons or because fitness clubs have closed and these are alternative forms of recreation while others suggest that Russians fear the collapse of the ruble will drive the cost of weapons, bullets and sporting equipment up and are buying now to beat inflation.

But Aleksey Rogozin, head of the Federation of Practice Shooting of the City of Moscow, says, it is difficult to say just “why in critical situations, the people rush to purchase bullets.” He said that all the clubs who are members of his organization are experiencing heightened demand.”

“That’s always been the case,” he says. “In any crisis, the people become active.” 

Paul Goble

Paul Goble

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. He has served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Goble maintains the Window on Eurasia blog and can be contacted directly at [email protected] .

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