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Russia Busts European Sanctioned-Fruit Smuggling Ring

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Just days after Russia banned the import of various foods from sanctions-supporting nations, VZ reports Russia's food safety ministry Rosselhoznadzor has discovered fruit being smuggled in via Belarus that was restamped as being from Zimbabwe and various other non-sanctioned nations. It appears the smuggling nation culprits are Poland, Slovenia, and Greece and Russia is now "actively monitoring the situation," suggesting they may extend import bans to Belarus also if the situation continues. In addition, Rosselhoznadzor intends in the future to move to a system of electronic certification of goods in transit.


As VZ reports (via Google Translate),

Rosselhoznadzor for a few days gave delivery to Russia via Belarus parties apples, peaches, plums, tomatoes without specifying the country of origin or an indication of permitted Turkey, Serbia, Macedonia, and a number of African countries, including Zimbabwe. However, phytosanitary documents of origin have not been parties or they caused suspicion among Russian inspectors. During the inspection it was found that fruits and vegetables imported from Poland, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Lithuania and some other EU countries, he continued. A number of parties had no permits phytosanitary documents Belarus.


"Some EU countries have started to send products to Belarus, without specifying the actual country of origin. and we found that it is Poland and Greece, because there is no evidence of Macedonian origin", - he said, reports ITAR-TASS .


"We are actively monitoring the situation and will promptly verify the origin of dubious parties to prevent the supply of so-called countries cover", - he said.


In terms of sanctions phytosanitary certification transit of European goods lies on Belarus recalled Dankvert. "If we have a detection of quarantine objects, we impose restrictions on the supply of Belarus", - he said.


Rosselhoznadzor intends in the future to move to a system of electronic certification of goods in transit, continued Dankvert. In the meantime, the agency is in contact with the authorized supplier countries, and intends to establish the involvement of buffer states to the issuance of phytosanitary documents for re-export products.


In addition, Rosselhoznadzor intends to monitor re-dairy, meat and fish products through Switzerland, Kazakhstan and the Faroe Islands, continued to head the agency. "In Switzerland, while no cases at the Faroe Islands, too - there are a few companies, it will be immediately obvious, and Kazakhstan already have the facts of transit goods, which are deposited in Moscow ", - stressed Dankvert.

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And this is happening as Poland and Greece demand recompense from their EU leaders for lost revenues over the sanctions...
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No big surprise...


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Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:18 | 5129101 greatbeard
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>> verflowing with fruit that we can't sell'

Sounds like somebody better start caning some jam, pronto. 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:24 | 5129121 negative rates
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Those are some happy veggies.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:27 | 5129137 Latina Lover
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Sanctions blowbacks a bitch, euromorons.   At least the Poles can take their fruits back and distill them into something liquid, designed to kill brain cells while tasting like shit.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:45 | 5129191 cro_maat
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Makes great bio-diesel as well.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:06 | 5129262 MalteseFalcon
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Russia announces a 'war on fruit' and create a department of produce security.

"Today the department of produce security seized crates of pomegranates with a street value of 5 billion rubles."

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:15 | 5129289 greatbeard
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>> a street value of 5 billion rubles."

Damnit man, that's almost $8.  They must have seized over a dozen pomegranates.



Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:40 | 5131989 Flagit
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Haha, the Russians are trying to beat off the fruits.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:36 | 5129611 Againstthelie
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While US citizens exposed to the capitalist religion that the market, banks and the money masters were the better government and are being fed with the worst garbage food the world knows, the Russians have not only thrown the GMO-mafia out, but use the sanctions of the ZOGs to increase Russia's food safety.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:14 | 5129279 Mercury
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Don't joke - melon smuggling especially is a serious threat to The Homeland.

ZH should spend the rest of August closely monitoring the situation.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:47 | 5129398 NotApplicable
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I'm going to need more evidence before I can come to any conclusions.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:18 | 5129545 The Big Ching-aso
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If they could only ban fruits and nuts in California. We'd have like a population of 300.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:10 | 5129751 quasimodo
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I find it quite arousing the manner in which the apple is hiding her taa taas

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:12 | 5129217 TideFighter
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Huh, and the biggest Fruit problem we have is Obie. It is sometimes black, mostly white, very thinned-skin, and at times can be seen as yellow. The Irish version is slighly green. Pair this fruit with a Wookie and the outside skin has hair on it.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:49 | 5129666 Freddie
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The Poles, Greeks and Slovenes are idiots.  Poland is sending mercenaries to kill Russian-Ukrainians.  Morons.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:19 | 5129102 Sudden Debt
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Belgium is present YET AGAIN!!


now who wants a tomato fix?


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:25 | 5129128 negative rates
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My cat just got sprayed by a skunk, so she prolly does.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:36 | 5129163 Atomizer
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Belgium is pissed, the shipment of cucumber pleasure device never made it's final destination. Metrosexual type are up in arms. 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:19 | 5129103 Dr. Engali
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No fruit for you!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:24 | 5129120 Sudden Debt
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Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:16 | 5129295 greatbeard
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>> NUTS!

A guy from Belgium would say that.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:55 | 5129221 booboo
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"It's pandamonium here at the EU whorehouse where Barroso Bananna's and Legarde Legumes are rotting. Back to you Bob"

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:25 | 5129558 Kirk2NCC1701
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Q: Why is California like a breakfast cereal?

A: ?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:20 | 5129104 BlindMonkey
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Russia is hitting them right in the berries, where it hurts the most.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:36 | 5129160 pods
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If that ain't just a kick in the nutz.


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:50 | 5129205 Ignatius
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Conjur an old black-and-white image from the 60s of a guy makin' a run for the Berlin Wall and gettin' shot and hung up in the barbed wire.  Now add a bushel of ripe apples over his shoulder to that image with a few sadly spilled out on the ground.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:45 | 5129651 hot sauce technician
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And Russia, more accurately Putin, is kicking itself in the schnugs. Sanctions /mercantilism doesn't benefit anyone, besides inflating the ego of some sociopath politicians. Russian markets are better off now without all that produce exactly how? Didn't Adam Smith already point out the idiocy of mercantilism in the 18th century?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:54 | 5129679 Sandmann
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Russia should not import but produce itself. Import Substitution is important. Germany grows its own apples - UK destroys its orchards and imports. Germany has higher self-sufficiency in agricultural products than UK and no reason for Russia not to do same or to import from other suppliers in Africa. Why must it buy Polish fruit ? Why not Israeli or South African or Moroccan ?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:29 | 5129113 falak pema
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Hoznadzor turns Nebuchanadzor and slams the door on Bella fruit cake! 

Ouch my nuts hurt! 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:23 | 5129117 dirtyfiles
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same way as the Fukusima ocean fruits are all over the world

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:23 | 5129118 Sudden Debt
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we don't want the price to drop now do we...

imagine supply and demand would dictate a price...

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:18 | 5129364 813kml
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It's depressing the number of stupid decisions made in the name of worthless fiat.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:49 | 5129408 NotApplicable
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Hey it worked for FDR! Can't have that evil deflation now, can we?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:25 | 5129126 Winston Churchill
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Smuggling is just the ultimate arbitrage.


What difference,at this point, does it make ?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:05 | 5129254 Peter Pan
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Now there's a thesis for some economics student......calculating the amount of food, guns, drugs, gold etc smuggled in the world each year.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:12 | 5129283 Winston Churchill
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Been done, I know I read it here on ZH.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:50 | 5129411 NotApplicable
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Otherwise known as "enhanced GDP."

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:28 | 5129573 Kirk2NCC1701
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These countries have a rich tradition in smuggling. 

But smuggling is such a dirty word.  There prefer to call themselves as Entrepreneurs and Job Creators.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:26 | 5129136 Unknown Poster
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Kenyan fruits may not be sanctioned, but Putin doesn't want them.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:26 | 5129138 NoWayJose
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Let me translate from Russian: "The smugglers did not offer our border guards enough of a bribe to let the products into Russia"

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:53 | 5130190 Jano
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Yeah, they did not learn it in the US, how to move money, They should get some lessons form your bankers, if it comes own to rigging.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:31 | 5129146 Atomizer
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Eurotrash is not going to be receiving any inflows of VAT. 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:30 | 5129582 Kirk2NCC1701
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Well, not directly.  But they will pay VAT when they use the money to buy something, anything.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:31 | 5129147 SoDamnMad
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I'm looking for NOrwegian salmon at low prices I've paid in the past. None

Looking for good Polish apples at prices I've paid in the past. None

Lots of peaches at high prices. Must be better to dump.

Everyone in the EU wants a free handout (and yes they will dump it rather than feed the ppoor or give to pensioners who had their pensions cut under austerity)

I remember Poland hosting the environmental climate conference and they immediately wanted an exemption to burn very dirty coal.

Buck up Europe and find new markets.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:32 | 5129149 Bangin7GramRocks
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I'm trying to export Deez Nutz. How can I get some Zimbabwe stickers?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:44 | 5129183 Atomizer
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Contact BLS, they have a knack in distorting numbers. 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:33 | 5129152 jarana
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"[...] a system of electronic certification of goods in transit"

They will adopt BitCoin protocol for tracking goods via BlockChain-s (bidi stickers).

But they will pay with FIAT.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:52 | 5129210 Majikat
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this would be a great time to showcase the blockchain's true power!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:34 | 5129153 q99x2
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 Make those banksters pay and pay big.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:43 | 5129180 sessinpo
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So that the banksters in Russia get the money? You suck at chess.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:37 | 5129165 HardlyZero
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Winter approaches.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:38 | 5129173 financialrealist
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Image, if you will, a world where smuggling fruit was the worst of our problems.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:47 | 5129192 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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And in sort of related news.

A Japanese whaling vessel and its crew were being held in Russia on Friday after the ship entered Russian territorial waters without permission, Tokyo said.

The 712-tonne Shonan-maru No.2 was ordered into a Russian port on August 15 after sailing through the Sea of Okhotsk off Sakhalin island, an official from Japan's Fisheries Agency said.

The vessel, which does not catch whales itself but monitors the oceans for signs of the creatures, had 19 Japanese crew and one Russian observer on board.

Tokyo has admitted the vessel changed its initial course and entered Russian waters without going through the proper procedures.

"The crew members have been voluntarily questioned," the official said, adding that Tokyo was asking for their early release through diplomatic channels.

Ties between Japan and Russia have warmed in recent years after decades of mistrust over disputed territory taken by Soviet troops in the closing moments of World War II.

But the relationship has soured as Tokyo has joined its Western allies in imposing sanctions on Russia in the wake of its annexation of part of Ukraine.


Earlier this month Moscow scrapped a meeting with a Japanese minister in response to a new round of sanctions against senior figures in the Russian government.

The meeting, originally scheduled for late August, was expected to focus on the simmering territorial dispute. Japan is a close ally of the United States, which has been piling pressure on Russia over its involvement in Ukraine.

Last week Japan lodged a "stern" protest with Russia over military exercises that are being held on the disputed Kuril islands.

Both Moscow and Tokyo had hoped to start mending relations in order to revive trade, with Japan seeking broader access to Russia's plentiful oil and natural gas supplies.


The leaders agreed to set in motion a series of high-level talks about Tokyo's claim to the southern Kuril chain that it still refers to as the Northern Territories.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:53 | 5129213 suteibu
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Japan will be America's dog on a leash until the bitter end despite its own self-interests.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:20 | 5129536 Anarchy 99
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Japs are such fucktards, they import energy from thousand of miles away where they have an unlimited supply across the straits, if they would just say fuck off to uncle sam and start to play nice with the ruskies.

But it will not matter once they become a province of China.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:31 | 5129596 Kirk2NCC1701
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They were just looking for a nice spot to dump Fuku-Water in the future.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:48 | 5129197 himaroid
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The only way to make a buck smuggling these days is with humans at the U.S. border.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:50 | 5129200 Majikat
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I know! why don't we forget about economics and just use emotions instead.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:52 | 5129208 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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They got a long way to go to catch up to the Russian mafia in terms of smuggling goods through customs.

The one scam they had where they would make vodka look like windshield wiper fluid then import it legally as such then using basic chemistry to remove the coloring and such to resell on the streets was absolute genius.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:52 | 5129209 FullFaithAndCretin
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Pity about all them Obamananas

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:53 | 5129216 Peter Pan
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Here is an idea for Putin.

He should tell these nations that he will accept the importation of their products and will pay for them on delivery if they are instead delivered to the suffering people of Eastern Ukraine.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:01 | 5129235 d edwards
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"Excuse me sir: are you smuggling a banana or are you just happy to see me?" :-D

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:02 | 5129245 Peter Pan
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Well the only way to tell is to have the customs officer peel off the skin........ouch!!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:11 | 5129261 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Food for gas no money involved i.e dollars or euros in trade for any country that is affected by the embargo.

Bilateral commodity swaps for those caught in the middle to provide them some relief and provide them with a form of voting using tangible action instead of lip service then bending over and taking it some more in the ass.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:04 | 5129255 Bahamas
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Obanana: the fresh prince of Belairusse

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:05 | 5129259 Fidel Castrol
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I am going to the country and going to eat me some motherfucking peaches.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:52 | 5130524 BooMushroom
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Peaches come from a can! They were put there by a man, in a factory downtown.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:07 | 5129265 TideFighter
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Belarus is not illegal re-stamped food, but fruit stamped from BelarUS could be a problem.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:07 | 5129268 Rootin' for Putin
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This isnt a truck full of illegal fruit, its Carmen Mirandas new fall line of hats.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:08 | 5129271 youngman
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At the customs office in that two peaches and a banana in your front pockets or are you just GLAD to see me....VLAD

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:10 | 5129275 youngman
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I hear they will not allow Fruit of the Loom Underwear in also....freeballin now

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:49 | 5129407 Bunghole
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Somebody has dick on the brain.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:22 | 5129304 Lea
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Some of the EU "leadership" half-wits were saying "we don't need no stinkin' Russian market anyway, neneer, neneer!" not two weeks ago.

Look at them now, being driven to despair tactics. Ha!


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:23 | 5129317 AustrianJim
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We can't have people running around willy nilly exchanging fruit!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:33 | 5129600 Utah_Get_Me_2
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Poland, Belarus and Greece are smuggling homosexuals into Russia?!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:48 | 5129661 novictim
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"Boris!  Eat every piece of Chinese vegetable and fruit on your plate... I know they make your tummy hurt and makes it hard to think.  But, darlink', we must do this for Mother Russia.  Princess Putin said so!"

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:31 | 5129829 DeusHedge
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cheese. why? Can't have nuts without bread, can't have a good fishing trip without fruit and cheese. btw Russia's beating us on the race card, while getting ready to kick some groid a** in world war III.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:25 | 5130383 arrowrod
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Give me a break.

The Russians confiscated 20 kilos (notice the clever use of European-Asia metric system) of stuff.

The other 17 million kilos slipped through, with the aid of a few...  gratuities.

Even Putin complains about the lack of respect for the "LAW".  Imagine that, law enforcement officers making $150 a month, enhancing their take home pay.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:52 | 5130908 Mi Naem
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"Russia Busts European Sanctioned-Fruit Smuggling Ring"

Ya mean them Eastern Europeens is exportin' they homusexuls to Russia so's they can put some titties on 'em?? 

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