At least according to “journalist” Lizzy Saxe:
Harold noticed that “Russians consume a lot more lemons per capita than many other parts of the world. I was wondering, is that because they drink a lot of vodka? Is it because they’re big tea drinkers? Why are they using so many lemons?” He started to investigate. He discovered that the answer wasn’t quite that universal.
Unsurprisingly, lemons don’t grow in Russia. It’s too cold to produce them, so you have to buy them from far, far away. That makes the sour yellow citrus expensive. So expensive, in fact, that, “wealthy Russians really like to incorporate lemons into their lifestyle. It communicates to people that they have the means to be able to afford them. They call it the bling of produce.”
However, at least she is not a “former Soviet-American” (was he that triggered by Drumpf?) politics professor in Canada:
/ Implying that champagne was a luxury good even in the late USSR (to say nothing of Russia today).
Though it seems that some people lapped it up.
20 million people live below the poverty line in Russia. Even the cheaper champagne bottles will cost them between 5 and 15% of their monthly earnings.
And this asshole thinks it’s somehow russophobic to consider champagne a luxury good. https://t.co/fST6WKjDzG
— vert2tehs (@apokalyptus71) December 26, 2018
Profile: “Student. Aspiring journalist. Moscow, Paris, Reims, in Beirut for a year. Upside down. Check out @WatchXenophobia“.
His website: Revolutionary Democracy
PS. 1 kg of lemons costs around 1 Euro. One bottle of Abrau-Durso brut (a rather decent champagne) costs about 4 Euros. Average monthly wage in 2018 was 580 Euros.