Russian shoppers face life without imported delicacies

Thu Aug 7, 2014 12:05pm EDT
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* Russia bans Western food imports to retaliate against sanctions

* Shoppers stock up on foreign products before ban bites

* Older generation recalls Soviet-era queues for food

* Putin confident Russian suppliers can fill gap

* Brazil keen to grab share of huge Russian market

By Alexander Winning and Dmitry Zhdannikov

MOSCOW, Aug 7 (Reuters) - TsUM department store once showcased the Soviet Union's meagre offering of consumer goods. Now shops in its basement food hall are stuffed with imported delicacies catering for today's well-heeled Russians - the very goods the Kremlin has decided to ban.

On Thursday, Moscow's middle and upper classes still browsed through the aisles neatly stacked with French cheeses, Australian wines and Spanish cured meats at the Globus Gourmet supermarket. Among the offerings was a rare local product - a can of black caviar costing $1,800.

Such shopping trips may mark a last chance to stock up on everything except the caviar for at least a year; President Vladimir Putin - whose office lies a stone's throw away in the Kremlin - has signed a decree banning for 12 months imports of food from any country that has imposed sanctions on Russia.   Continued...