Russia banned growing of GMO


President Vladimir Putin signed a law introducing a ban on cultivating and breeding genetically modified plants and animals in Russia.

The document was published on the official web portal for legal information.

It was noted that restrictions were imposed based on monitoring of GMO impact on humans and the environment. Importers of such products will be obliged to go through special registration procedures.

An exception was made for the use of GMOs for scientific purposes.

The new law may affect Russian agricultural enterprises.

“So, the victim #1 is Russian agricultural industry, whose access to many modern varieties of plants is delayed indefinitely. Affected #2 are Russian scientists and biotech business, which now do not have any sense to engage in genetic research with the absence of a market for their products,” the executive director of the company SovEkon Andrei Sizov wrote regarding the new law.

A fine from 10,000 to 50,000 rubles (from $150 to $750 – RRT) for officials, and from 100,000 to 500,000 rubles (from $1,500 to $7,500 – RRT) for companies is introduced for breaking the law.

Earlier, on June 29, the bill was approved by the Federation Council.