During a visit to Russia’s Voronezh region in August, Russian president Vladimir Putin met up with Stefan Dürr, a German who is president of Russia’s largest dairy producer Ekoniva.
Mr. Putin wanted to hear what Mr. Dürr thought of Russia putting limits on food imports from the European Union, in retaliation for sanctions imposed over Ukraine. Mr. Dürr thought Russia had the capacity to withstand an import ban, and could strengthen its own production.
On the following day, Russia’s president slapped a ban on imports for Western food products such as meat, fish and milk.
Farmers in Europe may be suffering from the decision, but Mr. Dürr is in the black, thanks to Mr. Putin’s policy.
Mr. Dürr’s 21,000 dairy cows are now literally “cash cows.” They produce about 435,000 liters (114,000 gallons) of milk daily, an amount that could fill more than half of a 25-meter swimming pool.