January 05, 2022

Charcuterie à la 1984


Charcuterie à la 1984
Attack on snacks Управление Россельхознадзора по Свердловской области on YouTube

On December 29, the Sverdlovsk Region Administration of Rosselkhoznadzor (Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) posted a video of the burning of three hundred kilograms of sausage, ham, and cheese.

Officials posted the 18-minute video of the gustatory tragedy after the delectables were discovered during an inspection of the PolonAmbar store in Yekaterinburg. Some items came from countries whose products have been counter sanctioned by a 2014 decree of the President of the Russian Federation; others were of unknown origin.

The counter-sanctions are related to sanctions issued in response to the Ukraine conflict. The embargoes were rolled out in three stages: in 2014, products from the European Union, the United States, Australia, Canada, and Norway were banned; controls on items from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Albania, and Montenegro followed in 2015; and in 2016, Russia stopped the import of certain items from Ukraine.

It looks like Dmitry Nazarov, the store’s owner, won’t be bringing home the bacon this year. On top of his estimated half-million-ruble ($660) loss of product, he might also owe a fine of up to twenty thousand rubles ($650) under Article 10.8 Part 1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation.

It’s not just poor Dmitry, folks. Rather than being enjoyed in proper New Year’s fashion, the tastiest of treats ended up cremated. But like the Russians say, “as you meet the New Year, you will spend it.” Perhaps best to clear out the larder early in preparation for a fresh start.

You Might Also Like

The Patty Shop
  • January 01, 2020

The Patty Shop

In Russia, a bus ride is always more than a bus ride, especially when it stops over at Klava’s patty shop.
Sausage in Exile
  • March 01, 2013

Sausage in Exile

There is a common saying: "If you want to respect laws or sausages, don't watch them being made." Yet in this case (Alef Sausage, in Chicago IL), the more you watch, the hungrier you get.
A Dedication to Dairy
  • September 13, 2021

A Dedication to Dairy

Residents of Voronezh have made us all proud (and a little bit jealous) by setting the Russian record for eating the most sweet cottage cheese-based desserts in one day. 
Dear Cheese
  • July 13, 2021

Dear Cheese

Is there anything that could make cheese any better than it already is? A new patent in cheese-making with an unusual ingredient is attempting to do just that. 
When Well-Oiled, Skip the Fat
  • June 16, 2021

When Well-Oiled, Skip the Fat

If you enjoy a hefty pour (or three!), you might think twice about what you consume to offset the effects of a night of drinking.
Like this post? Get a weekly email digest + member-only deals

Some of Our Books

Fish: A History of One Migration

Fish: A History of One Migration

This mesmerizing novel from one of Russia’s most important modern authors traces the life journey of a selfless Russian everywoman. In the wake of the Soviet breakup, inexorable forces drag Vera across the breadth of the Russian empire. Facing a relentless onslaught of human and social trials, she swims against the current of life, countering adversity and pain with compassion and hope, in many ways personifying Mother Russia’s torment and resilience amid the Soviet disintegration.
Russia Rules

Russia Rules

From the shores of the White Sea to Moscow and the Northern Caucasus, Russian Rules is a high-speed thriller based on actual events, terrifying possibilities, and some really stupid decisions.
Driving Down Russia's Spine

Driving Down Russia's Spine

The story of the epic Spine of Russia trip, intertwining fascinating subject profiles with digressions into historical and cultural themes relevant to understanding modern Russia. 
The Frogs Who Begged for a Tsar

The Frogs Who Begged for a Tsar

The fables of Ivan Krylov are rich fonts of Russian cultural wisdom and experience – reading and understanding them is vital to grasping the Russian worldview. This new edition of 62 of Krylov’s tales presents them side-by-side in English and Russian. The wonderfully lyrical translations by Lydia Razran Stone are accompanied by original, whimsical color illustrations by Katya Korobkina.
22 Russian Crosswords

22 Russian Crosswords

Test your knowledge of the Russian language, Russian history and society with these 22 challenging puzzles taken from the pages of Russian Life magazine. Most all the clues are in English, but you must fill in the answers in Russian. If you get stumped, of course all the puzzles have answers printed at the back of the book.
Woe From Wit (bilingual)

Woe From Wit (bilingual)

One of the most famous works of Russian literature, the four-act comedy in verse Woe from Wit skewers staid, nineteenth century Russian society, and it positively teems with “winged phrases” that are essential colloquialisms for students of Russian and Russian culture.
The Latchkey Murders

The Latchkey Murders

Senior Lieutenant Pavel Matyushkin is back on the case in this prequel to the popular mystery Murder at the Dacha, in which a serial killer is on the loose in Khrushchev’s Moscow...
Moscow and Muscovites

Moscow and Muscovites

Vladimir Gilyarovsky's classic portrait of the Russian capital is one of Russians’ most beloved books. Yet it has never before been translated into English. Until now! It is a spectactular verbal pastiche: conversation, from gutter gibberish to the drawing room; oratory, from illiterates to aristocrats; prose, from boilerplate to Tolstoy; poetry, from earthy humor to Pushkin. 
Fearful Majesty

Fearful Majesty

This acclaimed biography of one of Russia’s most important and tyrannical rulers is not only a rich, readable biography, it is also surprisingly timely, revealing how many of the issues Russia faces today have their roots in Ivan’s reign.
A Taste of Russia

A Taste of Russia

The definitive modern cookbook on Russian cuisine has been totally updated and redesigned in a 30th Anniversary Edition. Layering superbly researched recipes with informative essays on the dishes' rich historical and cultural context, A Taste of Russia includes over 200 recipes on everything from borshch to blini, from Salmon Coulibiac to Beef Stew with Rum, from Marinated Mushrooms to Walnut-honey Filled Pies. A Taste of Russia shows off the best that Russian cooking has to offer. Full of great quotes from Russian literature about Russian food and designed in a convenient wide format that stays open during use.

About Us

Russian Life is a publication of a 30-year-young, award-winning publishing house that creates a bimonthly magazine, books, maps, and other products for Russophiles the world over.

Latest Posts

Our Contacts

Russian Life
73 Main Street, Suite 402
Montpelier VT 05602

802-223-4955