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70 Kilograms of Black Market Pâté Seized at Russian Border

Published: August 22, 2014 (Issue # 1825)



  • The authorities said they had launched administrative proceedings to return the plentiful pâtés to Finland.
    Photo: Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin

A tourist's attempt to smuggle 70 kilograms of French pâtés into Russia was thwarted by food safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor at the Finnish border, a regional branch of the organization reported Thursday.

The tourist's vehicle, inspected at the Torfyanova checkpoint on the Finnish border, was filled with different varieties of these French delicacies, containing quail, pheasant, duck and wild boar meat, according Rosselkhoznadzor's regional branch for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

The authorities said they had launched administrative proceedings to return the plentiful pâtés to Finland.

In response to Western sanctions against Ukraine, Russia imposed a ban on meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetable imports from the EU, the U.S., Canada, Australia and Norway for one year.

Personal imports of some of these foods are limited to 5 kilograms.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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