Smolensk customs officials have destroyed 97.7 tons of Polish apples and pears that were smuggled into the region. This was reported to Interfax by the department’s Chief State Inspector, Vladimir Safonov. According to him, the fruit was buried at the RudnyaKomUslugi waste disposal site.
Safonov also reported that the department had destroyed a total of 189 tons of sanctioned goods in April. These consisted of apples, pears and cabbages.
"All of these Polish items were officially imported as other goods such as beer, building materials, polyurethane and mineral water. These prohibited items were prevented from entering Russia by customs officials, the police and the border guards,” Safonov said.
On Monday, the deputy head of Rosselkhoznadzor's local division, Svetlana Terekhova, reported that the department seized an apple shipment of 19.5 tons. She stated that these apples were said to have come from Macedonia, but were actually proved to have come from Poland.