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Food fight in Russia as government bulldozes, burns illegal produce, meat imports

Food fight in Russia as government bulldozes, burns illegal produce, meat imports

Russian President Vladimir Putin's latest show of defiance against Western adversaries has deployed bulldozers, steamrollers and tractors to destroy hundreds of tons of illegally imported food in televised spectacles that some of his own countrymen are calling absurd and grotesque. In a country where millions starved in the 1930s when the Soviet Union's communist rulers forced collectivized agriculture on the peasantry, the Kremlin's highly publicized enforcement of its year-old ban on European Union food imports is stirring protest among advocates of the poor and those with memories of Soviet-era shortages. Since Putin's Aug. 6 decree ordering destruction of...

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