The economics of sex
Sex workers in the Russian Arctic port of Murmansk have unexpectedly hiked prices by up to 40%, blaming the tumbling rouble exchange rate.
They also want to peg the cost of services to the dollar in the longer term if the situation doesn’t improve, reports the BBC. Russian social media commentators are having a field day over the news, with some getting in digs at the authorities. “Putin - learn about the economy from the Murmansk prostitutes,” tweeted Andrei Negotov.
The management of one brothel told the FlashNord news agency that it was “trying to keep prices down, but the cost of living is rising and the girls can’t work at a loss”. The rouble has lost more than 40% of its value against the dollar and 60% against the euro since the start of the year.