Russians Fight Over Food in Grocery Store As Sanctions Lead To Empty Shelves

A video that appears to show Russian citizens fighting for groceries amid empty shelves has gone viral on social media.

Liubov Tsybulska, an advisor to Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shared the video to her Twitter page. The video so far has over 230,000 views.

She captioned the video: "People in Moscow fighting for...SUGAR. Well, dear Russian citizens, this is only [the] beginning."

The video was also posted on the social media platform Telegram alongside pictures of empty shelves by user pdmnews.

The Telegram poster claimed that the video took place in the Pereksrestok store in the Fort Otradoye shopping center on Dekabristov Street. They also said that citizens were fighting over items like sugar. It did not specify when the video was taken.

They also claimed to have spoken to the person who recorded the video, who said her name was Anna.

"There were empty shelves. There was no salt, no sugar, no pasta, no buckwheat, rice was expensive," Anna said (via Google Translate).

"So people saw a cart of sugar, put it out, and ran after it. They just jumped on this cart. Everyone began to push aggressively."

The woman who recorded also called for Russian citizens to behave more sensibly and think of others.

"They take more for themselves, not leaving others. You have to remain human.

"I wanted to show people to see themselves from the outside. It's kind of terrifying really."

This comes after world leaders in Europe and across the world levied sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.

On March 3, the London Stock Exchange suspended trading on 27 companies with close ties to Russia after the share prices of several Russian banks and energy companies fell by over 90%.

Goldman Sachs has revised its 2022 economic growth forecast for Russia from a 2% expansion of GDP to a recession of 7%. Since the start of hostilities, the Russian ruble's official exchange value has declined by over 40%. The Russian stock market remains closed.

On Tuesday, Russia said there was no risk of food shortage in the country and warned against hoarding.

Despite this claim, Russia is facing its gravest economic crisis since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, according to a Reuters report.

"There are no conditions for risks of a shortage or for a reduction in the product range," Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko said in a statement on Tuesday.

"It is not worth driving up artificial demand with purchases for the future.

"We will reorient the market and establish mutually profitable trade, expand our partnership network with friendly countries."

Newsweek has contacted the Russian press center for comment.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart in Sochi on September 29, 2021. A video that appears to show Russian citizens fighting for groceries amid empty shelves has gone viral on social media. Vladimir Smirnov/Getty Images