Commenters were shocked when the museum allegedly removed Russian mustards from its shelves.
Midwestern mustard aficionados hoping to see some rare Russian condiments are out of luck, as the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin is apparently no longer exhibiting Russian mustards. According to a photo circulating online, the museum will only return the spicy dressings once Russia “recognizes and respects the sovereign nation of Ukraine.”
“The Russian mustards have been temporarily removed. They will return once the invasion of Ukraine is over and Russia recognizes and respects the sovereign nation of Ukraine,” read a sign apparently seen at the museum, and posted online on Sunday.
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An empty display area can be seen behind the sign, where the Russian mustards presumably previously stood. The museum has not commented publicly or confirmed the decision on social media.
Russian forces entered Ukraine in late February, in a large-scale military operation that Russian President Vladimir Putin said is aimed at neutralizing and “denazifying” the country. Russian forces have steadily taken large swathes of Ukrainian territory, and several rounds of peace talks aimed at resolving the conflict have thus far failed to deliver results.
The museum’s move was roundly mocked online. Commenters sarcastically quipped that this, and not banking bans and energy embargos, would be the sanction that finally topples Russian President Vladimir Putin from power.