Yle, Reuters, Moscow Times
It is not uncommon to find people offering Finnish cheese or coffee in and around St Petersburg’s metro stations. Russian customs rules permit Russians to bring 50 kilos of goods back from Finland, but as the demand for Finnish commodities grows, vendors peddling Finnish products have begun travelling in pairs to bring more products across the border.
With Finnish products becoming sought-after, copycats have cropped up claiming to sell products of Finnish origin though their goods actually hail from Turkey or China.
Viktor Mihailov has travelled from Pskov near the Estonian border to St Petersburg for back-to-school shopping.
“Finnish products are authentic, unlike what we have here. Lots of chemicals are added to food [in Russia], and it’s difficult to find things that are pure,” he tells Yle.
The embargo has been in force since August 2014 when Moscow prohibited imports of certain agricultural products, raw materials and foods originating from the EU, the United States, Australia and other countries.
Russian vendors still do a brisk business in Finnish foods, flouting an official embargo on EU products.
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