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'Anti-Crisis Bread' Hits Tatar Shelves

A cheap political ploy?

A cheap political ploy?

Stores in the city of Chally, in the Republic of Tatarstan, are offering discount "anti-crisis bread" in a move that looks suspiciously like an effort to boost one candidate's chances of reaching parliament.

A loaf of the specially labeled good costs 8 or 9 rubles, while other bread typically costs around 18 rubles a loaf.

RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports that residents are connecting the new bread's appearance to the decision by Rafael Yunysov -- general-director of local bread producer Chally-Bread -- to run as a candidate for Tatarstan's parliament.

Yunysov counters by saying the cut-rate bread has nothing to do with his campaign for the March 1 elections.

-- RFE/RL Tatar-Bashkir Service

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