Putin’s Food Destruction Decree Backfires

Russians aren't pleased with a presidential edict ordering Western imported food be destroyed

Dairy products and cheese, produced in Lithuania, on display. — REUTERS
Aug 04, 2015 at 11:24 AM ET

Russians are slamming President Vladimir Putin for signing a decree last week ordering the “destruction” of all Western food that’s entered the country despite import bans. They also mocked the directive, asking: What exactly will become of the imported cheeses?

Bans against food imported from Europe, the U.S., Australia, Canada and Norway were brought in last year after sanctions were imposed by the West in response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. Now, social media is awash with suggestions, sarcastic and otherwise, over how to deal with the excess banned products.

Representatives of The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance suggested the contraband be used to feed cattle. A member of Russia’s lower house of parliament, Andrei Krutov, sent an appeal to the agriculture ministry wanting the food to go to people in eastern Ukraine affected by the crisis, Russian news media reported.

Criticism of the decree also targeted Putin. In a recent poll conducted by Russian opposition channel Echo Moscow, 90 percent of the nearly 50,000 Russians who participated in the survey said they believed Putin himself would not be abstaining from consuming the food he’s banned the rest of the country from eating.

Translation: “Give me the cheese, traitor.”

Translation: “The federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance wants to feed cattle with sanctioned foods – How was your day?”
“Margaret, what are we eating?”