On Thursday we learned that Russia will ban the imports of meat, dairy, fruit, and some vegetable products from the West.
As it happens, ordinary Russians also believe this.
“The move provoked an immediate internet backlash, with Russian Twitter users predicting a return to the empty shelves and queues for food that characterised the collapse of the Soviet Union,” The Telegraph reported.
Here’s what they were talking about.
“Russians walk by empty shelves: ‘How about that!'” Kirill Martynov tweeted.
Русские шли мимо пустых полок и думали: “Как мы их!”
— Кирилл Мартынов (@kmartynov) August 7, 2014
One site posted a photo comparing what it said was the well-stocked imported cheese grocery aisle, left, and the scantier domestic aisle, right.
User “Elena the Translator,” who’s been retweeting negative reactions to the news, simply said, “God, how awful everything is.”
Господи, как все ужасно :(
— Elena the Translator (@elenium72) August 7, 2014
The world-renowned Russian gallows humour also emerged. Twitter user Nik Batalov posted a now infamous photo of Russian cheese mongers bathing in a dairy vat with a new caption reading, “Buy Domestic.”
“I’ve only lived half my life, and I’m already transitioning to horse meat,” Yaroslav Sviridov said.
Земную жизнь пройдя до половины, Я перешел на блюда из конины.
— Ярослав Свиридов (@yasviridov) August 7, 2014
“Beef can be replaced by a national leader; toilet paper, spirituality; and fruit, a five-minute hate screed on TV to anyone who has some,” said “FakeMORF.”
Говядину можно заменить национальным лидером, туалетную бумагу – духовностью, фрукты – пятиминуткой ненависти по ТВ к тем, у кого они есть!
— Мuнобороны Роисси (@FakeMORF) August 6, 2014
But it appears the greatest impact will be felt by Russians themselves.
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