Russian state statistics service Rosstat released new figures this week on the price dynamics of common food items over the past 7 months. The figures, which are an average of prices of the goods in 276 Russian cities, show some interesting trends. The cost of milk is up, partially as a result of food sanctions imposed against the import of Western foods a year ago. Dairy products have been particularly affected by the ban. On the other hand, the price of vegetables traditionally grown in Russia, such as cucumbers and tomatoes, are way down. Some price movements have no clear explanation, such as the nearly 100% increase in the price of carrots.