The Christian Science Monitor quotes Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Ariel Cohen on Russia’s decision to add more products to its forbidden import list:
“Lichtenstein isn’t exporting anything other than the banking services. This is a Russian bureaucratic kabuki theater, and it’s making the Kremlin look ridiculous,” says Ariel Cohen, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
“This brings very painful memories in Russia about manmade hunger of the 1920s and 1930s, when the Bolsheviks collectivized agriculture and forced everyone into collective farms, which resulted in a famine that killed over 5 million people,” explains Mr. Cohen. “So, Russians are very sensitive to the destruction of food.”