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Russia’s Food Dictator Digs His Heels In

Just as Georgia and other food exporters to Russia were about to sigh with relief, the Kremlin’s food strongman, Gennadiy Onishchenko, claimed that reports of his retirement had been greatly exaggerated.

It was Russia’s deputy prime minister, Olga Golodets, who said that the formidable chief sanitary inspector was on his way out now that his term has expired. The news sent reporters, including this blogger, writing epitaphs to the man (termed a "shadow minister of foreign affairs" by one columnist)   who had ushered in an era of post-Soviet food-fights that largely told the history of Russia's relations with its ex-Soviet neighbors for the past decade.      

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Russia’s Food Dictator Digs His Heels In

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