6 December 2016

The Russian government is to give the public the chance to sample a range of delicacies previously reserved for senior officials.

Presidential press secretary Elena Krylova says an online shop selling dairy products under the brand name “Kremlin Quality” will open in the new year. She tells Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that “milk, buttermilk, yoghurt and possibly cheese” made specially for the presidential administration, MPs and their staff will be “on offer to everyone, not just to officials”.

Senior Russian civil servants still enjoy access to food produced exclusively for them in what amounts to a hangover from Soviet times, when special farms allowed the Communist leaders to avoid the generally poor-quality food on offer to the public.

Ms Krylova tells Govorit Moskva radio that the prices will be “no higher than in the supermarkets”, as the authorities want to make sure the goods are “within the reach of all sections of the public”.

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