Support The Moscow Times!

Swine Fever Due to Theft

Animal feed thefts may be to blame for the latest outbreaks of African Swine Fever on industrial farms, the country's food safety watchdog said on its website.

In two instances in the Tver and Krasnodar regions, hog feed was stolen from industrial farms and it's possible that the bags used to carry the feed out came from private yards and helped spread the infection, Alexei Alekseyenko, spokesman for the watchdog, said Thursday.

About 30 virus outbreaks have been registered across the country in private yards and industrial farms so far this year, Alekseyenko said. On Aug. 8 and July 26, two of Oleg Deripaska's farms in the Krasnodar region were forced to kill 7,809 hogs due to a recent outbreak, according to Basic Element.

(Bloomberg)

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.