It all starts with a post on VKontakte (Russia’s Facebook), which has since been deleted, presenting a photo of a basket full Cans marketed by the Bonduelle brand with a description implying that the French multinational would support the Russian armed forces. According to the same post 10,000 of these baskets would have been delivered, accompanied by a greeting card and this message in Russian: “Dear soldier, Happy New Year! We wish you all the best and a quick victory!“. But then does the French company support the Russian invasion of Ukraine?
Bonduelle stayed in Russia
On Saturday, the group assured in a press release that “this information, as well as the statements attributed to the Bonduelle company and its management (were) totally fake“. Bonduelle also denies the comments attributed in this publication on VKontakte to his Director General in Russia, Ekaterina Eliseeva, who would also have expressed her desire for a “quick victory” in Ukraine.
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Bonduelle is one of the few French companies that have continued their activities in Russia despite the invasion of Ukraine, like Leroy Merlin or Auchan. “The Bonduelle Group continues its activities in Russia with the sole aim ofto ensure the population’s access to food in Russia and in neighboring countries,” he repeated on Saturday.
Did Bonduelle deliver packages to Russian soldiers?
Pictures are circulating on social media. “Dear soldier, Happy New Year! We wish you all the best and a quick victory! stands on a basket held by a person wearing a blue and white t-shirt. pic.twitter.com/7Ka0h1iNc1
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