Russia: Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation and Bi-Weekly Update - 9

Russia Extends Food Import Ban for 1 1/2 Years … Draft federal laws on retail trade in food products are ready for President’s signing… Tax Code amended… Breeding Animals Trade in Russia is Exempt from VAT… Restrictions on Production and Sale of Alcoholic Products… State-owned banks have increased short-term financing… Russia’s Grain Stocks Declined to 14.2 MMT… Auction of Aquaculture Sites ls Scheduled to Start in September… MinAg Intends to Develop Agricultural Cooperation… Anchor Company of the Territory of Advance Development Launches another Pig Farm… Planting Season Completed in Primorye… Week-long King Crab Festival in Vladivostok… Russian Far East's Fishing Sector Plans to Attract $ 2.3bln Worth Investments… Five More Municipalities in Far East to Become Free Ports… Palm Oil Safety Standards will not Change…“Unified Center for Ingredients” Creates New Opportunities… Russia Increased Imports of Cocoa Beans and Palm Oil… Sharp Increase in Russian Imports of Raw Materials for Chocolate Production… New Minimum Retail Price for Half-Liter Bottles… Moscow Restaurant White Rabbit Was Named One of the World's Best… Russian Consumers Switching to Coffee Houses and Fast Food Outlets…Russian Fast-Food Chain Teremok Opened Outlet in New York City

Russia: Russian Agricultural Policy and Situation and Bi-Weekly Update - 9