Protectionism does not work. Despite several actions taken by Russian government to foster domestic livestock and farming industry (for the records, wet blue export restrictions hang on the effectiveness of such measures), Russia keeps importing red meat. And its bovine livestock units do not go up. Data, provided by EMeat survey centre, are reported by Global Meat News information portal. In the period from January to October 2017, Russian production has been running steadily (+0,8 per cent); conversely, imports from European countries (such as Serbia and Belarus) and South America (namely Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay) have gone up. In the same period, points out EMeat, demand in the domestic market decreased by 5 per cent, thus reaching 14kg per person on average.