Kremlin to investigate number of people who signed petition against destruction of embargoed products

The Russian president will be informed about the petition against the destruction of smuggled embargoed products signed by Internet users, but the information on the number of people who signed that petition needs checking, Russian presidential press officer Dmitry Peskov said.

The Russian president will be informed about the petition against the destruction of smuggled embargoed products signed by Internet users, but the information on the number of people who signed that petition needs checking, Russian presidential press officer Dmitry Peskov said on Aug.5.

"No doubt, it will be reported, along with other media reports," he told reporters, commenting on the petition.

At the same time, Peskov said "it is noteworthy that this website, if I'm not mistaken, does not envisage any reliable identification."

"For this reason, it probably remains to be determined whether this number [of the people who signed the petition] is accurate with regard to the increase in this number," Peskov said.

A petition calling for a reversal of the Russian presidential decree on the destruction of embargoed products and for the provision of the products to needy people instead was earlier published on the website Change.org. The petition has now been signed by over 150,000 Internet users.

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