May 05, 2021

Shashlik Responsibly


Shashlik Responsibly
Just keep the fire to your grill, please. Photo by Adgery via Pixabay

With the arrival of the extended May holidays, it comes as no surprise that Russian authorities are clamping down on some fire safety protocols. For, as much as Russians seem to enjoy cooking things over a fire in unusual places, they love a good shish kabob (also known as shashlik in Russia) even more. 

The Moscow Ministry of Emergency Situations announced that, as of May 1, individuals who choose to grill shashlik in the forest will be fined up to R4,000 (about $53). This new ruling also puts restrictions and fines on the burning of garbage or any open fire in a wooded area. Of course, grilled meats and cook-outs will still be allowed in less perilous areas, if they are prepared over a proper fire pit or barbeque. 

These new restrictions come as Russia continues to experience more and more challenges with wildfires each summer. So, while these new rules might be a pretty big bummer for summer camping trips, they are probably a pretty good call. 

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