In Crimea, nearly two tons of fruit and vegetables were destroyed. The food was found by the security forces of the Simferopol wholesale market "Crimean Privoz". This was reported by the press service of the Prosecutor's Office of the Peninsula, controlled by Moscow.
"Banned food was found at the market being sold, which, according to the relevant decrees of the President of the Russian Federation, is prohibited for import, because it originates from countries of Europe and Turkey. Overall, nearly 2 tons of sanctioned fruits and vegetables have been found and disposed of on the same day," the statement read.
According to the agency, the goal of the inspection was to check the "compliance with the law on the sales of agricultural products and migration legislation."
"Cases of seven businessmen, who were selling banned products, have been sent to Rospotrebnadzor, so that they could be brought to administrative responsibility... In addition, eight people were charged for violating immigration laws," the Prosecutor's Office added.
The day before, on April 6, Crimean lawyer Jean Zapruta said that Russian security forces checked everyone’s documents, and then detained several people at the markets in Simferopol. The lawyer pointed out the abuse of power by the security forces and demanded legal assessment of the situation.
Russia imposed sanctions on the import of food and agricultural products from countries that earlier introduced sanctions against Moscow because of its occupation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine.
On August 6, 2015, Russia started to destroy “illegal food”, according to the decree of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.