Medvedev allowed to destroy sanctioned food products “in any way”


The government has allowed to destroy sanctioned food products that were illegally imported into Russia “in any way possible.” The destruction process is required to be recorded on a video in the presence of independent witnesses.

Any way can be used for destroying sanctioned goods smuggled into Russia. This is stated in the decree of the Cabinet, published on the official website of the government.

“The destruction of products prohibited for import is performed in any way possible to meet the mandatory requirements provided by environment protection legislation, based of the certificate of destruction the products prohibited for import,” – the document says.

The Ministers Cabinet stated that the destruction of the products should be performed in the presence of at least two uninterested persons. The process itself should be recorded using video, photography, or filming, with the date and time of the act. A report should be made as a result of the destruction.

At July 29 Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on the destruction of food products embargoed by Russia. It will enter into force at August 6. This was proposed by Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev.

The Kremlin explained this decision by increasing the amount of banned goods imported into Russia. “Unfortunately, in fact, the number of products that come into the country bypassing the Russian embargo has increased. These products enter the country illegally, and we must stop it and take action, “- said Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.