Russian Restaurateur Novikov Claims Import Substitution a Complete Success

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Import substitution in the field of food production has been a complete success in Russia, according to restaurateur Arkady Novikov.

"Yes, 100%,” Novikov told RNS at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi. “We don't feel any lack of products.”

Import substitution programs were adopted after the introduction of sanctions against Russia and retaliatory sanctions in response, which restricted the import of certain food products from the EU, the US and other countries.