First the vodka shortage, then salt, now uranium

Looks like Russia escaped the worst of The Great Vodka Shortage of 2006.

But, never ones to let an opportunity to needlessly worry slip by, the Russians are now spooked that they’ll run out of salt, says Two Zero:

Some people seem to believe that Ukraine wants to get back on Russia in the gas dispute. After all about 40% of Russia’s salt comes from Ukraine. The rest is supplied by Belarus, Kazakhstan and other countries. The “salt fever” seems to be triggered by bad memories of Soviet times, when shortages of products were regular and you had to cue up in long lines to get into stores. MosNews brings it to the point: “…But people watch TV, learn that their neighbors rush to shops for salt and follow their example.”

To add to the country’s manic worries, Mosnews yesterday reported its fear that Russia is running out of Uranium, too:

Russia’s uranium reserves could be depleted by 2020 if the current rate of uranium mining is sustained, said on Monday, Feb. 27, Anatoly Ledovskikh, head of the Russian Subsoil Resources Agency (Rosnedra).

Presumably this is why Putin is so keen to cut a uranium enrichment deal with Iran – he plans to siphon off the uranium Russia so desperately need to maintain their position as a nuclear power.