Why do we pay big money for gas with cheap oil


As expected, gasoline began to rise in price in Russia. The cost of the 95th ton on the stock exchange in St. Petersburg set a historic maximum, reaching a ceiling of 56,751 thousand rubles as of June 17. After that, it somewhat decreased, apparently, by the efforts of Rosneft. Let's face it, there is nothing surprising in this, everything is going as it should have been.


In the USA and Europe, an oversupply of oil in the market led to a fall in the price of fuel and other petroleum products. But not with us. All independent experts rightly point to the so-called “damper” as the main reason for this seeming absurdity in one of the leading oil-producing countries in the world.

This is a “defense mechanism” developed by the government to regulate relations between the state and oil companies. If domestic fuel prices rise, oil workers pay extra to the budget; if they fall, the opposite happens. For this reason, a fall in the price of “black gold” does not lead to a corresponding drop in the cost of products of its processing. It turns out a kind of "brawl" between the state and large raw materials business, and all the costs of such policy end users bear.

But that's nothing. I would like to recall that the Russians had a chance to enjoy low prices for imported fuel, but the government imposed a ban on its supply, about which we detail told earlier. This was done with the declared goal of “protecting” domestic refiners from ruin. Okay, we all sympathized with the problems of the oligarchs, took care of their well-being at our expense for granted. But now with this “negative the economy oil refining ”in Russia turned out to be very interesting, since gasoline began to rapidly leak from the country.

Abroad, quarantine restrictions were gradually lifted, and business activity in the West began to slowly awaken. Air travel is resumed, freight traffic is increasing, and fuel demand is growing accordingly. And then it turns out that selling Russian fuel abroad for a refinery is more profitable than on the domestic market. For example, Surgutneftegaz delivered 22% less gasoline to the domestic stock exchange in June than a year earlier, while its import shipment doubled. Lukoil delivered 37% less to Russia over the same period, and twenty times more abroad, Gazprom Neft ten times more. Here is such a "petroleum patriotism" is obtained.

The only company that somehow compensates for the deficit is Rosneft, it is clear that only thanks to state participation in it. In June, it increased its supplies to the stock exchange in St. Petersburg by 4%. However, this does not solve the general problem. Rising stock prices will inevitably lead to higher prices for us at gas stations. That's how it all works. Let's not forget the next time to shake our heads in dismay at the next economic difficulties of domestic oil workers.

But seriously, then maybe it's time to move on to a more flexible tax policy? In the final cost of gasoline, oil is about 30%, and the rest is taxes. Do citizens of one of the leading oil producing countries not deserve the right to have inexpensive fuel for gas stations, which would have a beneficial effect on the general economic situation in Russia?
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  1. 123 Online
    123 (123) 22 June 2020 12: 02
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    But seriously, then maybe it's time to move on to a more flexible tax policy?

    What is it like? Remove the tax burden from the oil industry? These are the very ones about which the author says:

    Okay, we all sympathized with the problems of the oligarchs, took care of their well-being at our expense for granted.

    Another question arises, how to compensate for the reduction in tax revenue? Tax citizens?

    Something I definitely don't like is such a "chance to enjoy low prices." no
    1. Nick Offline
      Nick (Nikolai) 22 June 2020 18: 11
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      Quote: 123
      Another question arises, how to compensate for the reduction in tax revenue? Tax citizens?

      Something I definitely don't like is such a "chance to enjoy low prices."

      You dig the question too deep. Our author is clearly not a miner. He can’t get to such a depth. wink hi
      1. 123 Online
        123 (123) 22 June 2020 19: 11
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        You dig the question too deep. Our author is clearly not a miner. He can’t get to such a depth.

        But at least with a shovel on a bayonet. But you are right, we won’t wait. hi
    2. Don36 Offline
      Don36 (Don36) 25 June 2020 19: 27
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      Well, it's time to introduce a progressive tax and a luxury tax! Suppose a Mercedes-600 is not a necessity or a means of transportation, it’s a show-off, and taxes can be raised on show-offs, especially since with such powerful motors such cars pollute the air no less than heavy trucks!
      1. 123 Online
        123 (123) 25 June 2020 20: 02
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        There are small shifts in this direction. They intend to introduce a 15% income tax over 5 million rubles. It seems like everything collected is targeted for medicine.
        1. Don36 Offline
          Don36 (Don36) 25 June 2020 20: 32
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          Well, it's not about anything, you yourself understand.
          1. 123 Online
            123 (123) 25 June 2020 20: 35
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            I see. yes But already a step in the right direction. At least something.
            1. Don36 Offline
              Don36 (Don36) 25 June 2020 20: 43
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              It is rather an imitation of such a step, window dressing. Since incomes will be hidden, and luxury property is not taxed properly.
              1. 123 Online
                123 (123) 25 June 2020 20: 49
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                Transport Tax Changes hi

                If a car costs more than 3 million rubles, then it falls into the category of luxury vehicles for which a separate increase factor is provided. Last year, the tax regime was facilitated for owners of cars no older than three years, falling into the lower category of luxury (from 3 million to 5 million rubles): for them now only one type of increase coefficient is applied 1,1 instead of the previous 1,3 and even 1,5 for cars under one year of age.
                In the spring of 2019, authorities published an updated list of premium cars subject to the so-called “luxury tax”. The list of models and their modifications presented on the Russian market included 1223 items: 576 cars priced from 3 to 5 million rubles, 477 cars worth 5 to 10 million rubles. and 170 cars are more expensive than 10 million rubles. The list includes a number of models of mass brands: Kia Stinger, Volkswagen Teramont, Chevrolet Traverse.

                https://www.autonews.ru/news/5e2152979a7947248028cd50
  2. Alexzn Offline
    Alexzn (Alexander) 22 June 2020 13: 19
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    The mechanism is simple and obvious - the lower the price of oil, the lower the income from exports, the higher the burden on the budget, on its revenue. The main way to make up for the shortfall is through tax collections, and, as practice shows, in such cases the state is trying to increase excise taxes on gasoline, tobacco, and alcohol. So, it’s stupid to wait for gas prices to drop, the logic of economic realities implies an increase in prices, not only because of falling oil prices, but also because of the problems of the coronavirus.
    It is unclear why in the oil-producing country, people expect a fall in gas prices along with a fall in oil prices. A naive view of economic mechanisms. It’s funny.
  3. Nick Offline
    Nick (Nikolai) 22 June 2020 17: 10
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    Again Seryozha suffered to talk about things that were incomprehensible to him. I report that at the Gazpromneft gas station in the Yaroslavl region, the AI-95 liter G-drive, as it cost 45 with a penny, is worth it. On Thursday refueled last week. Take a ride, make sure.
    1. Dear sofa expert. 22 June 2020 18: 54
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      as it cost 45 with a penny.

      Yes. And the funny thing is that just today in Europe, gasoline and diesel went up by 10-15% immediately)) Apparently, they made a special prediction for the release of this article)

      I also liked how the author masterfully contrasted the Russians with the domestic oil industry:

      I would like to recall that the Russians had a chance to enjoy low prices for imported fuel, but the government imposed a ban on its supply, as we discussed in detail earlier. This was done with the declared goal of “protecting” domestic refiners from ruin.

      This is tin)
      1. Marzhecki Offline
        Marzhecki (Sergei) 23 June 2020 06: 43
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        Quote: Dear couch expert.
        as it cost 45 with a penny.

        Yes. And the funny thing is that just today in Europe, gasoline and diesel went up by 10-15% immediately)) Apparently, they made a special prediction for the release of this article)

        I also liked how the author masterfully contrasted the Russians with the domestic oil industry:

        I would like to recall that the Russians had a chance to enjoy low prices for imported fuel, but the government imposed a ban on its supply, as we discussed in detail earlier. This was done with the declared goal of “protecting” domestic refiners from ruin.

        This is tin)

        I'm glad you enjoyed it. I really do not think that we, the Russians, and several oligarchs who own oil companies are one nation. We have different interests, their business and life are tied to the West.
        If you do not understand this, these are your difficulties.
        1. Dear sofa expert. 23 June 2020 08: 32
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          I really don’t think that we, the Russians, and several oligarchs who own oil companies are one nation.

          Yeah, that's how it means) That is, the oil industry for you is exclusively the oligarchs?
          But do not you remind us for a start, Mr. Marzhetsky, how many Russians work directly in this oil industry? Start with at least oil production, transportation and refining. Then we'll talk further.
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            PSih2097 (Alexander Latvian) 23 June 2020 10: 25
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            Quote: Dear couch expert.
            How many Russians work directly in this oil industry? Start with at least oil production, transportation and refining.

            I would start with managers of all levels from the oil industry, the number of which is very high compared to the required level of employees in these positions.
            1. Dear sofa expert. 23 June 2020 11: 57
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              I would start with managers of all levels from the oil industry, the number of which is very high compared to the required level.

              And how without managers? Maybe there are a lot of them, I have no specific information. But there are no more of them than workers, technicians, engineers? In addition, we are talking about the oligarchs.
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                PSih2097 (Alexander Latvian) 23 June 2020 17: 48
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                Quote: Dear couch expert.
                And how without managers? Maybe there are a lot of them, I have no specific information. But there are no more of them than workers, technicians, engineers?

                So I'm not talking about the head offices themselves (although they need to be cleaned up), but about a bunch of all sorts of daughters who do nothing, but only build up the “plug” and put it in a pocket with subsequent rollback.
                1. Dear sofa expert. 23 June 2020 17: 56
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                  but about a bunch of all kinds of daughters who do nothing, but only increase the “plug”

                  But who is arguing with this? It is everywhere, all the time, and not only in Russia. Everywhere the same thing.
    2. Marzhecki Offline
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 23 June 2020 06: 37
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      Kolya, when did we manage to switch to “you”?
    3. Marzhecki Offline
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 23 June 2020 06: 45
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      If you, my dear, are able to understand what you read, then you can try to understand what the article says about stock quotes. But you, apparently, are simply not capable of it.
  4. Nick Offline
    Nick (Nikolai) 22 June 2020 17: 18
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    But seriously, then maybe it's time to move on to a more flexible tax policy? In the final cost of gasoline, oil is about 30%, and the rest is taxes. Do citizens of one of the leading oil producing countries not deserve the right to have inexpensive fuel for gas stations, which would have a beneficial effect on the general economic situation in Russia?

    But seriously, you should not talk about the tax policy of Russia. Stupidly comes out. It is foolish to consider the tax burden on one type of product, not taking into account the relationship with other economic parameters. For example, I inform you: in Russia, income tax is 13%, and in the USA, for example, 28%. Why not be puzzled and teach the United States how to adequately tax its population. And it’s better to teach your Old Man.
    1. Marzhecki Offline
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 23 June 2020 06: 40
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      Quote: Nick
      But seriously, you should not talk about the tax policy of Russia. Stupidly coming out

      Seriously, you’d better get out with your comments in general. You don’t even understand how ridiculous, you simply cannot understand it because of your limitations.
      1. Nick Offline
        Nick (Nikolai) 30 June 2020 06: 43
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        Quote: Marzhetsky
        Seriously, you’d better get out with your comments in general. You don’t even understand how ridiculous, you simply cannot understand it because of your limitations.

        But essentially nothing to argue?
  5. Alexzn Offline
    Alexzn (Alexander) 22 June 2020 19: 14
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    In Israel, at the beginning of this month, gas prices rose by 8%, according to the logic of the author of the article, as a result of falling oil prices. I’m very surprised if gasoline prices in Russia do not rise. Firstly, because of the fall in oil prices, and secondly, because of the pandemic.
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    steelmaker 22 June 2020 20: 32
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    Yes, good. All according to Putin. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer. Putin is a henchman of EBN. Parliament shot from tanks for people, or what? During Putin’s reign, the number of $ billionaires has grown by almost 14 times! (from 8 in 2000 to 110 in 2019). Yes, Putin and his fans will not sleep if people live a penny richer. Even here, some worry about taxes. It is visible, therefore, deputies rejected the tax for the rich? And with ordinary citizens, at low prices, you will be tortured to collect taxes! No wonder under Stalin the article was an enemy of the people! And what else to call such rot?
    1. Nick Offline
      Nick (Nikolai) 22 June 2020 21: 29
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      Quote: steel maker
      During Putin’s reign, the number of $ billionaires has grown by almost 14 times!

      Quote: steel maker

      Yes, Putin and his fans will not sleep if people live a penny richer.

      What a mess in your head. It seems that you are raving. In one post they managed to contradict themselves.
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    steelmaker 23 June 2020 09: 11
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    What a mess in your head. It seems that you are raving. In one post they managed to contradict themselves.

    And I, unlike you, do not consider oligarchs for people. There would be an opportunity - the hand will not flinch!