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Russia starts destroying smuggled Western foods

A photo released by the food safety agency Rosselkhoznadzor shows a truck dumping boxes of cheese outside the Russian southern city of Belgorod on August 6, 2015, as officials steamroll tonnes of Western food productsRussian officials on Thursday steamrolled tonnes of cheese, fruit and vegetables, defying public outrage to begin a controversial drive to destroy Western food smuggled into the crisis-hit country. President Vladimir Putin last week signed a decree ordering the trashing of all food — from gourmet cheeses to fruit and vegetables — that breaches a year-old embargo on Western imports imposed in retaliation to sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian television showed officials dumping truckloads of round bright orange cheeses on a patch of wasteland and then driving over them with a steamroller in the Belgorod region bordering Ukraine.

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