By Jonathan Davies

Russia has destroyed a huge pile of Western-produced food products that were imported in violation of sanctions.

The majority of the products were cheese, leading to the pile being called the 'cheese wall'. But piles of fruit were steamrollered and a huge pile of bacon was burnt.

Reports suggest it took a steamroller one hour to flatten nine tonnes of cheese.

Last year, Russia banned a string of Western food product in retaliation to economic sanctions imposed by the EU and US over the conflict in Ukraine.

The move to destroy the food cause uproar among anti-poverty campaigners, who said it should have been given to the poor. There was particular outrage given the previous famines Russia has suffered in recent history causing millions to starve.

A petition to give the food to the poor, which has gained nearly 300,000 signatures, claims that sanctions on Western food imports have driven prices up 20%.