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Local Offices of Finland's Valio Searched by St. Petersburg Police

Published: August 20, 2014 (Issue # 1825)



  • Police searched the St. Petersburg offices of Finland's Valio, one ofthe European companies struck hardest bya Russian ban onfood imports introduced last week
    Photo: Aineistopankki.valio.fi

Police have searched theoffices ofFinnish dairy company Valio, one ofthe European companies struck hardest bya Russian ban onfood imports introduced last week inretaliation toWestern sanctions, Interfax reported Aug. 12, citing asource inthe police department.

Thesearches ofValios offices onPrimorsky Prospekt andSofiyskaya Ulitsa inSt. Petersburg are taking place inthe context ofan ongoing criminal investigation, thesource said.

TheRussian government earlier this month sunk trade worth about $9 billion bybanning imports offruit, vegetables, dairy, meat products andfish fromthe European Union andother countries with sanctions against Russia over its policy inUkraine.

Theembargo has hit Valio hard. Thecompany produces about 85 percent ofthe Finnish exports struck byRussias import bans, acompany spokesman told Reuters.

Valio halted all production inFinland destined forthe Russian market after the announcement of the sanctions, andon Aug. 11 announced that 800 employees inits export branch may have togo onforced leave, while some temporary contracts will not be extended.

However, thecompany said operations atits two facilities inRussia, where it produces cream cheese spreads, will continue. Valio also supplies non-dairy products tothe Russian market, including juice andwater.





 


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Friday, Oct. 31


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Saturday, Nov. 1


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Monday, Nov. 3


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