From 1 January 2016 the sale of alcoholic beverages with Ukrainian excise stamps is prohibited in Crimea. The Ministry of Industrial Policy of the self proclaimed Russian government of annexed Crimea states that only those goods, which are marked with excise stamps issued in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, are allowed for sale.
The Ministry warns of the penalties provided for those who would violate this requirement. The fine should be $60-65 for the citizens of Crimea, $3000-4500 for legal entities and $150-220 for governmental officials. According to the report, the "transition period" which lasted from 2014, to come to end.
Recalling, September 20, a "food" blockade was launched by the initiative of the Crimean Tatars, who cut off three crossing points on the peninsula: Chongar, Kalanchak and Chaplinka. The activists do not let the trucks with food to get to the peninsula, occupied by Russian Federation. Russian authorities are confident that when the niche of Crimean markets is freed, Russian vendors from the Krasnodar region will take it fill it.