I heard all kinds of rumors about the reason Russian ammo is in short supply. One was that they are selling to Iran all their production to make war against Israel. Another story I heard was that Venezuela's mad man Hugo Chavez is arming up with Russian weapons. I also heard that the US is contracting Russia to make ammo for the Iraqi army.
Whatever the reason it sucks having to pay more for 7.62x39 ammo or to pay $8.00 or higher for 9mm Makarov ammo. Last year AIM Surplus had Golden Tiger 7.62x39 ammo for $89/1000 rounds today they haven't been able to get the ammo or what they get is at a much higher price. They also ran out of .40 cal ammo which sold for $65/500 rounds. I hope someone steps up with inexpensive ammo to replace the Russians.