Russia bulldozes cheese and destroys fruit as food prices rise

As the Russian people grapple with soaring food prices, the Russian government is bulldozing tons of cheese, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Kremlin claims the cheese was likely produced in the EU. One year ago, Russia placed bans on many western agricultural products, doing so in retaliation for western sanctions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Food prices have risen 21 percent since the beginning of the year, and some politicians have called for the food smuggled into Russia to be distributed among the poor. By midday Thursday, Russia also claimed to have destroyed 28 metric tons of apples and tomatoes from Poland and 40 tons of apricots from unknown origins. Russian officials were also threatening to incinerate Spanish ham.


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