Most of banned food stuff reach Russia via Belarus, reports Federal Customs Service on its website on the results of the activities undertook for combating smuggling of products under sanctions from August 2014 to December 2015
During this period there have been 23 criminal cases and 550 cases of administrative offenses started. In the case of Belarus there were started 256 administrative cases with accusations in smuggling sanctioned products, while concerning Poland and Lithuania (via Kaliningrad Region) there were opened 112 cases, in case of Ukraine – 39, Kazakhstan – 28, Latvia – 26, Finland – 22 Estonia -18 cases.
In a year and a half Russian services have detained and confiscated more than 1,076 tons of imported meat products, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products worth over 138,7 million rubles.
Without opening any criminal and administrative cases customs authorities have returned more than 8 thousand tons of banned products.
August 7, 2014, Russian government in response to Western sanctions has banned import of some food stuff from the US, EU, Australia, Norway and Canada, including dairy products, vegetables, fruits and seafood, as well as meat products.
In June 2015 the ban was extended for another year, while in August, the black list was joined by Albania, Montenegro, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and – on special conditions – Ukraine. The ban on Ukrainian agricultural products is effective from January 1, 2016.
Moscow has repeatedly accused Belarus and Kazakhstan in facilitating import of banned products into Russia. Minsk and Astana rejected all accusations.
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