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MinaTaas

Thanks for the pic. Judging by the discount posters, the inflation is not a thing right now in Prisma. Hang tight in there and if you're a Russian, please try to help your neighbours in UA any way you can. People are suffering and dying over there regardless of their native language, age or gender.


dmn-synthet

They made discounts to sell everything in short terms.


SanityOrLackThereof

Sell off as much stock as they can to mitigate as much of the losses as possible. Not like Putin will let them come and collect their stock and bring it out of Russia to sell at full price.


Captain_Arrrg

When the Crimea sanctions happened Putin made a big show of burning western food. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33818186


cuvajsepsa

I can almost see that sign in the cashier: "Cash Only"


Hurmuzd

I did some before swift was turned off. Now I'm worried about medical supplies cuz I need an insulin. And I already see news about lack of range of drugs and supplies


sisu_star

I read that the major suppliers of medicine will keep supplying medicine (Bayern, Phizer etc), so logistically speaking this shouldn't be a problem. But how much medicine will cost is another question.


MinaTaas

Let's hope things turn out ok and you get your insulin. I guess people are probably hoarding stuff, including medicine Here it's easy to help, at least financially, as there are so many organisations providing aid (Red Cross, Unicef etc). There's plenty of refugees also in Russia. Is there any aid organised for them?


Hurmuzd

I dunno. I've never heard about it


Fickle_Emergency4422

Don't worry they don't have insulin in Mariupol either, so I think it's fair there is no in ST. Petersburg.


Pullaharakka

I'm surprised that also Russian Prisma stores have their signs first in Finnish and Russian is the second language. At least I think most of the customers must have spoken Russian as their first language and not Finnish. Or am I wrong?


Hurmuzd

Yeap. 99% of customers are Russian speakers


Fickle_Emergency4422

Ikea has all over the world their product names in Swedish.


leftovercherrypie

That’s not the same thing as this. The sections in Ikea aren’t labelled “VARDAGSRUM - living room”, which is the equivalent to what this Prisma has done.


Toby_Forrester

But similar thing. Finnish products are considered quality products so the Finnish language is highlighted. Russia even has local products that utilize Finnish language, like "Matti-mysli" or something.


leftovercherrypie

That’s not the point here though. The conversation is about store layout and signage, not specific products.


Toby_Forrester

I used specific product as an example of the brand image Finnish has. They utilize this brand image in signage in the shop too. Ikea does a similar thing with their product names. Using language as part of the brand.


megastarUS

Prisma used the Finnish signage because a great deal of Prisma customers in St Petersburg know the hypermarket from their shopping trips in Lappeenranta, Finland. The idea was to create a similar shopping experience where the customer would feel like it’s exactly the same great store as on the other side of the border.


ElliOop

Any word on when they're closing for good? It's very interesting to see what all is left on the shelves (and what hasn't been bought, especially when it comes to foodstuffs).


kahaveli

It seems so, S-group decided to close all business in Russia


ElliOop

Yeah, I heard about that -- what I'm wondering about is how long it's taking. They've got quite the network of shops and suppliers over there, and it's interesting to see how the process plays out just from a logistics and business point of view.


MeMeMenni

[They're not sure](https://www.sttinfo.fi/tiedote/sok-luopuu-liiketoiminnoista-venajalla?publisherId=68574024&releaseId=69934214). Russia has made stopping business very difficult. It's possible the best they can do is stop deliveries and fire/stop paying their employees. I wouldn't be surprised to see those shops suddenly being super voluntarily sold to some Russian for 1 ruble.


Management762

S-group is a tenant on most of those premises. So I guess they'll just stop paying rent.


avetaf

I think I saw the date 31.3. somewhere.


Nicd

I read an article about how difficult it is to actually close. They may jail your employees and moving assets abroad is difficult. Some companies can't even say publicly that they're leaving for fear of reprisals.


ElliOop

Would you happen to have a link to that piece? I bet it's an absolute nightmare from both logistics and legal perspectives, and might require some serious fancy footwork in order to not step on some very tender toes with aggressive owners (and also just... bribery, honestly). It's bananas that the *employees* would be at risk of being jailed or fined for what their place of work might do.


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The point is to make it more difficult to exit. They have no other means of punishing the leavers but to punish the ones left behind. Yet again an example of how little Russian government cares about its citizens.


Nicd

Here's something in Finnish: https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-12351443 More can be found by searching "yritykset venäjältä lähtö".


Silkkiuikku

The article says, that if the companies leave too quickly, then Russian authorities may say that they "went bankrupt on purpose" which is a crime. Then they may charge Russian businessmen affiliated with these companies.


MatiMati918

I guess they ran out of “L”s


aisaikai

I don't think I can wrap my head around the concept of having a murderous dictator as "a president". In Finland we lost our shit because the prime ministers breakfasts were too expensive. With that said, I see a lot of complaints from Russians that the sanctions are harming the ordinary people, not Putin. I'm terribly sorry that the lunatic in chief has brought the war over to Russian people, but it is a war nonetheless. I'd say the sanctions are quite a pleasant option compared to what the other end of this "special operation" is experiencing at the moment.


Hezekieli

And the sanctions are a message to the ordinary people that what their government is doing is wrong and the people should investigate and protest. But I do hope that no-one actually starves or freezes to death because of the sanctions... And I hope they get the needed medicine.


RCmies

Putin will make sure that happens before anything. Then he can blame it on "the west". He doesn't care about people's lives, not foreign and not his own. It's unfortunate. But that will be on him and Russia's government or whatever, no matter what he says.


Silkkiuikku

Well he has already sent many Russian boys to die in a useless war.


Alert-Technician-604

Sanctions due the Ukraine situation


TheKing_Of_Italy

You mean "special economic operations"?


Dotagear

"situation"


AnimalsNotFood

Very perceptive of you. Thank you for your contribution.


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ThrowoutOfTheDay

Somehow, Soviet Russia returned.


RodanMurkharr

Which is what Putin wanted in the first place. 4D chess or something, right?


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Hurmuzd

Yes. Yle is working fine for now, but putler's censorship works good unfortunately


Harriv

HS has also now some news in Russian: https://www.hs.fi/newsinrussian/


Hurmuzd

I have just read the article https://www.hs.fi/newsinrussian/art-2000008691516.html and I can say this one is totally correct. Especially the part about anti-citizen sanctions (western stores like Ikea or Prisma or online services are leaving Russia) which is around the Telegram public screenshot (it hurts mostly non loyal to Putin's regime)


Mike19K

Good! Prisma doing what's right! putler can rot in hell!


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Why do you think Putin invaded Ukraine?


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To unite Russia?


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And to use a little brain and history knowledge?


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You tell us then.


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Hezekieli

Defend from what? Ukraine? Like they would have ever attacked Russia. That's paranoia.


Mare268

Now this is some top tier brainwashing


m1ksuFI

Propaganda at work.


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Hezekieli

Ukraine was willing to take military training and to buy weapons from US, even ready to join NATO, precisely because they are afraid of Putin attacking as they want to become an actual democracy. It took quite a protest to elect a president that's not a Putin's pet. Why would Ukraine, NATO and US care about attacking Russia? All was fine between the West and Russia until Putin started consolidating power and turning Russia into autocracy. Now it's not very far from totalitarianism. I get that Russia has multiple fronts and tumulous past, especially because of Mongols. But Russia should realise that the West is not its enemy unless Russia makes itself the enemy of the West. The internal corruption, lying and backstabbing is the biggest enemy of Russia. Europeans and many even in US do not approve the war on Iraq but hey, the US is no longer ran by that war mongerer because democracy actually works there, at least to some extent.


Hezekieli

Putin is afraid to lose his power, and his dream of becoming Vladimir the Great that raises Russian Empire from the ashes. He got spooked by Arab spring. He should have eradicated corruption from Russia when he took over, shift more of the power to the parliament, invest in education. Instead he is obsessed with history because of his personal trauma it seems. He's not stupid but smart powerful man with unresolved trauma is dangerous... And now he is turning Russia into equivalent of Nazi Germany without the anti-semitism... I can't figure out why he is so much againts democracy? Original Novgorod and Rus were ruled by Veche. It was the Mongols that brought the autocracy to Russia. Is it just a feature of every ambitious and confident man to think that they should be dictators because they know the best?


Dull_Charge2333

I an curious; what was there still left? I mean I can see the birthday candles but what else was there?


OneScaredHuman

I can see in the first picture oatmilk, and storebrand jaffacakes. Second picture, the back has juices and cooking oils.


dmn-synthet

Some Russian goods like mayonnaise.


foreignmacaroon6

Thanks OP for sharing. We were worried why Prisma's were still open despite the sanctions


blump_

At least there’s oat milk.


IRegisteredJust4This

At least your homes, hospitals and schools are not being bombed.


Dull_Charge2333

I think the OP is finnish, showing a finnish owned super market


Nowyn_here

He is a Russian citizen against sanctions.


Aprilscherz85

Reminds me of the local Prisma in Finland around New Years when the Russian tourists spent their Christmas vacation in Finland. That huge place was half empty. (Happened before crimea crisis and the decline of Russian tourists)


taigashureda

Are you sure it wasn't half full ?


Dull_Charge2333

Has everything been sold or did they took the goods away?


dmn-synthet

I've bought all packs of my favorite tea that I could find in the nearest store. Now it's gone.


cuvajsepsa

Of course "Now it's gone" since you bought "all packs"


MadLad255

I think it is the first one.


Ilktye

I see nothing wrong with this, Western companies are just doing some special financial operations on Russian market.


Justificks

Common people have to suffer from empty shelves due to a shitty government. How Russian


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Evantaur

It's Maitotaloustuotteet but the _ from L said "f*** this s***" and left early


10102938

"Maitotaloustuotteet" Is correct. They just broke the L.


CorenBrightside

Sad to see. Always was a bit too pricy for me though.


Erkkimerkkinen

"MAITOTAIOUSTUOTTEET"


h14n2

Do you ever speak with your colleagues about what happening? What is the general feeling for what you can see? Good luck 👍


Hurmuzd

Unfortunately big part of them are just acting like everything is fine


VoihanVieteri

I think it’s understandable. It’s not like they can do anything about it, and everyone has their own problems now.


TT-6-

Oliko s-etukorttia?


mc_finnishstereotype

JOS SINULLA EI OLE S-ETUKORTTIA, PAINA EI S-ETUKORTTIA PAINIKETTA


Fickle_Emergency4422

Oliko S-etukorttia? Ei mutta mulla on Ferrari. Paina sitten ei s-etukorttia ja sen jälkeen mua kakkoseen.


pahaj

Ei, minä ajan Mersua.


WeeerQ

Oh wow, that looks surprising. Is the whole chain closing shop there?


dondulf

Yes, S Group (the organization that runs the Prisma supermarkets) is closing down all operations in Russia


LMA73

Not surprising at all. They are not restocking (they are leaving Russia) due to the Putin orchestrated genocide, sorry I mean situation, in Ukraina.


AngryCockOfJustice

It is "special military operation" to denazify Ukraine by bombing civilian population. ^/sarcam


LMA73

Oh yes, that was the proper formulation...


ellilaamamaalille

When will the corrected version of old classic War and Peace be on shops? I mean they must update the name to Special Military Operation and Peace. 😉


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Russia was barely profitable for S-Group so it also is a convenient time to call it quits.


Mike19K

Yes, they are going back to the soviet times. Fighting over for sugar in example.


Fickle_Emergency4422

No. They are just having a special grocery operations to deshopify whole Russia.


Dull_Charge2333

Is that normal or are they closing? Looks kind of miserable


anomuumileguaani

They withdrew from Russia as a protest to the war in Ukraine.


Dull_Charge2333

Great, I’m happy to see this.


Economy_Raspberry360

Please don't be fooled into thinking this is because of "protest to the war". It's not. Companies are leaving Russia because it's very difficult or impossible to do business there anymore. Russian politicians are talking about socializing western property, rouble is instable, money transfers in and out of the country is difficult, getting your products into the country might be under sanctions... the list goes on and on. Still, in the future, once this crisis gets somehow resolved, expect some of the more harder sanctions to silently die away which makes business possible again. Companies will return, since Russia is a very big market (\~144M people).


Dull_Charge2333

In my opinion nothing will be the same. Who wants to risk in a market like the russian, even if the war stops? Just an example, the rented aeroplane


anomuumileguaani

It is PR. If a bigger market pressures in to leaving russia, you leave. You are still losing the same properties you would have when being socialized. Maybe have some time to sell something. Russia is not as profitable market as you seem to think. Also this conflict will de-motivate investors from Europe for a good decade or more, since it is an unneccesary risk.


Natural-Intelligence

Well, Russia isn't really that big of a market. Yes, it has like 150M people but the economy is still quite small, smaller than Italy and shrinking pretty fast. The purchasing power of an ordinary Russian is rather low. And now there is pretty solid evidence that anything can happen in Russia and the trust is pretty non existent. No business will invest if there is a considerable chance of losing all. I don't think any company will return to Russia anytime soon. Discussion of who will stay regardless is a separate one.


juho9001

njet problem, normal katastrof


johnny-T1

Russians love Finland so much!


Owlyf1n

well all you have to do to see how much we love you is by coming to finland im sorry but some finns dont really like russians and are willing to spread that hate lets just say the war in ukraine isnt really helping either


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If you come with a visa it's ok. The problem is the couple of times they tried to come here without one.


AngryCockOfJustice

There is a significant portion of Russians living in Finland and Estonia support this genocide. I'd say deport these orcs back to Mordor Ruzzia despite their dual nationality status and accommodate those who are fleeing Russia.


SanityOrLackThereof

I'm not Finnish (Swedish) but i fully support this for all countries. Every country that currently has Russian residents who are in support of Putin's war and regime should be putting those people on planes and shipping them back to Russia. If they love Russia and Putin so much that they are willing to support and cheer him on when he's literally committing genocide in a different country then clearly they need to go back and live in the country that they apparently love so much. Letting them stay would be a potential threat to national security, and at worst it may give Putin an excuse to invade other countries to "protect" those Russians from "dangerous European Nazis" like they did with Ukraine.


MUWE34

Send them back, and take me instead :)


AngryCockOfJustice

if there're seats available in Allegro :-)


forberedd

Getting a visa was too difficult for the russians so they just invaded Finland instead. When russia is weakened after the war, the Finns should take their land back! 🇫🇮


Fickle_Emergency4422

Finns should already now attack to St. Petersburg, to save Russian citizens from nazis.


kahaveli

Yes, there are discrimination and racism in Finland against many groups of people, like there is in every country. There is no denying about that. But you also shouldn't exaggerate that. It's true that "some finns don't like russians and are willing to spread that hate" (and this war doesn't help that's for sure), but 98% of people are not like that. Hating Russians is wrong and it doesn't help anybody, quite contradictory however it probably benefits Kreml the most. If some Russian living in Finland actively supports the war, then yes, that's not good way to get friends. But I feel like that there is quite widespread idea in Finland that overwhelming majority of Russians who live here don't support the war. At least there has been lots of Russian living in Finland interviewed by media that are not happy with it. Of course there are people who support it too, but they have been very silent. I still support sanctions of course, even when there might be some counter productive response amongst Russians (some people feel they've being attacked unfairly with sanctions or something, narrative that state media probably tries to generate), because launching invasion just can't be free. That would send completely wrong signal to Kreml, and that would be dangerous to other countries.


Owlyf1n

i 100% agree with you what i ment is you are always welcome here if you ignore the racist minority.


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Owlyf1n

wtf defending your country from an invader is not racism


Economy_Raspberry360

*"im sorry but some finns dont really like russians and are willing to spread that hate"* This is exactly what the Kremlin wants. Spread of russophobia is an excellent fuel for propaganda.


Owlyf1n

Yeah i know


dmn-synthet

My wife had a dream to study in Finland, she was learning Finnish. Now she is so frustrated. Will we ever get a chance to visit Finland again...


kahaveli

There has not been any sanctions/actions that would prevent Russians to come studying in Finland, or would not allow Russians to have visas here. Visa requirements are currently the same as they have always been as far as I know. I don't expect this to change unless the war escalates. So welcome to study to Finland if that's your goal. Studying in finnish language option is free even for non-EU citizen. As it should, because if one has the determination to learn finnish, that's quite impressive


Owlyf1n

The border isnt closed the only problem is it costs too much youll definately be welcome here.


dedbet

I'm quite sure the Russians I see everyday in local stores and in other everyday situations in Finland weren't deciding with Putin to attack Ukraine and commit hideous warcrimes. They probably didn't get the memo either and were like "gee, this sounds like a splendid idea!" Hate who is to blame, not common Russians.


SanityOrLackThereof

I have nothing but respect for Russian people who try to stand up to Putin and their government. Russian people who support Putin on the other hand can get fucked along with the rest of the fascists.


Owlyf1n

yea i know im not saying i hate russians im saying that a strongly vocal minority is hating russians


Digital_Pitchfork

I don't know about that. Fins have been living with Russians for a very long time and they wouldn't suddenly start hating them because of Putin's decisions. Many Russians especially women come to Finland to study and work because of tough living standards in Russia and most Fins are not bothered by that all.


Owlyf1n

Buddy have you been living under a rock about history the last time i checked finland was invaded by russia in 1939 alsl russians supported the finnish redarmy in the civil war. Russia tried russificating finland during the granddutchy era. Finns and russians have been always fighting troughout history or have you guys already forgot about hakkapelitas.


FunAssociation5

Maitotai oustuotteet what is that?


skankhunt51

I think that's supposed to be a capital L. MAITOTALOUSTUOTTEET.


Potatisk

You can see it correctly in the sign next to it yeah. May have the one part broken


FunAssociation5

Why the downvotes? I bet the downvoters do not speak Finnish, thus do not understand what my point is.


zorrokettu

Maito Taloustuoteet, I guess


theephie

What are the thoughts of average russians? Are you considering that Putin may not be good for the country, or just blaming the west for sanctions?


Hurmuzd

Of course some people support him but most of russians don't. It doesn't look like true due to massive propaganda, forced pro-putin meetings and people suppressed & intimidated


Hurmuzd

The main problem is most of people are "out of politics" and IMO that's why now we have all this shit


Hezekieli

Why do you think people opt-out of politics? Are they afraid to take part? Do they think it's pointless because of the corruption? Do they find it too confusing because of all the propaganda mixed with conflicting info from western media?


Hurmuzd

I'd like to have the answer but I don't know and it's strange for me that most of people act this way. I think it's internal causes, not foreign countries or propaganda


VoihanVieteri

I think it is partly due to history of Russia. There has never been an era, where the common folks have had an opportunity to actually make a difference to their own lives. In the beginning there was serfdom and the Tzars, then came the communism. After that there has been only kleptocracy and dictatorship. I would lose my interest in politics, if I wouldn’t have a meaningful way to participate for centuries.


Hezekieli

As Russia is so large, I think it should be composed of states similarly to US and thus each vote would matter more on a state level. I'm not really sure how it's handled currently, is Kremlin ruling over everything directly?


LordTonk

L


Foreign_Pass9761

🤣


Alubalu22

Not good man. Like stuff what the basic person need just gone. Hope, the situation changes for the better and we can make jokes about vodka and stuff


nlilo222

MAITOTAI OUSTUOTTEET


Any_Squirrel429

Even Russians dosent drink oat milk 😂


Available-Concert732

Doesn’t look that bad like western media want us to believe, actually


Finlandpyro

That's fucking sick


RCmies

Thanks for the post. I am just surprised that there is Finnish writing although we have russian writing in Finnish stores near the border too, but still.


Harriv

Can you access Reddit without VPN?


Hurmuzd

Yes


RicGonMar

Another few months and you'll see Russian prisma and alepa here lol


KMelkein

Присма/Алепа, you mean?


CCP_fact_checker

as long as there is Nestle Choclate and P&G products, Putin will be happy.


cathrynmataga

And I was hoping to visit St. Petersburg as a side trip for my next Finland trip. I think the war, the pandemic have screwed up that plan.


Eaglearse

Fuckwit russian