In Simferopol supermarkets, as in any other grocery shop of the annexed Crimea, you can find a set of Ukrainian products, that is “nostalgic” for local residents.
For example, Kharkov “Mivina”, cornichon “Veres”, ketchup “Chumak”, mayonnaise “Torchin”, water “Morshinska” and beer “Chernigov”, “Focus” writes in its study.
The list of fresh products produced in Ukraine freely sold on the peninsula also includes several brands of Ukrainian vodka, “Obolon” beer, “Torchin”, “Veres”, “Chumak” sauces and pasta, “Lasunka” ice cream, and “Polyana Kvasova” water.
Since the beginning of the annexation in 2014, Ukrainian products began to disappear from the Crimean stalls, they were replaced by goods from the Krasnodar Territory, but over the years, food from Ukraine regained its position as better one, according to local residents interviewed by the “Focus”.
And this is despite the fact that since the end of 2014, The Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being imposed a ban on the import of Ukrainian goods to the peninsula, and since January 2016, Ukraine has banned the supply of its products to the temporarily occupied territories.
However, entrepreneurs found loopholes to overcome the sanctions, and the above products come to the Crimea legally.
The scheme is simple: Ukrainian companies that do not fall under the Russian embargo trade with dealers in mainland Russia, and they send cargo to the peninsula.
Vodka makers and brewers use a more complicated way: they open production in Russia or give the right to Russian companies to use their trademark.
For example, Nemiroff vodka is produced by “Consolidated Penza Distilleries LLC”, “Bashspirt” and “Tatspirtprom”.
And the “Obolon” Corporation signed an agreement with the “Moscow Brewing Company”, and in August in Moscow, they began to bottle their beer.
“Trade with the Russian Federation is not prohibited for us, and to open production in the territory of the occupying country is a story about “just business” that has nothing to do with patriotism and morality,” said Yulia Tishchenko, an analyst at the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research, “Moreover, until recently, the Ukrainian business had a clear example, the Lipetsk confectionery “Roshen”. The chocolates produced there were sold in the Crimea.”
Most commercial benefits from the Ukraine-Russia conflict Belarus has, analysts say. The Ukrainian food products are re-exported through this country to the Russian Federation. For example, apples.
Some Ukrainian manufacturers, “Veres”, “Bayadera Group”, “Nemiroff”, have opened their production there.
Ukrainian flavor began to be used by Russian manufacturers. For example, one of the mineral waters that are produced in Kislovodsk and sold in the Crimea is called “Our Polyana Kvasova” and copies the label of a Ukrainian manufacturer with the same name.
The manufacturer of ice cream “Elit Krym” is using the packaging design of the “Rud” trademark. In the shops of the peninsula, you can also find “Zhivchik” lemonade under the brand name “Obolon”, produced at the Sevastopol beverage factory.
Even though Andrei Yareshko, director of corporate affairs of the “Obolon” company, assures that its contracts with this factory are no longer valid, and it has no financial and economic relations with it.
At the same time, the Sevastopol plant pays taxes in the Kherson region and has dual registration in both Ukraine and Russia.