As reported by Censor.NET citing Roshen's press service, the decision was made for economic and political reasons.
"Full production stop and temporary closing of industrial and infrastructure facilities are planned for April 2017," the message notes.
As previously reported, the seizure of property of the Lipetsk confectionery factory by Russia's Investigative Committee as part of a criminal case made it impossible to sell the factory.
"Starting from 2013, the output at the Lipetsk confectionery factory has decreased threeforld. This happened due to a sharp decline in the production range after an unjustified ban by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) in 2013 on imports of Roshen's Ukrainian products to the Russian Federation as well as a campaign to discredit the work of the factory in the Russian and Ukrainian media and the pressure put by local authorities in some regions on traders selling the factory products and decrease in the overall level of purchasing power of population," Kateryna Makedonska, the chief of Roshen's PR and Communications Department, said.
The decline in production led to constant mass layoffs.
The remaining staff (about 700 people) have already been informed about the upcoming halt. A relevant notification will be filed in the Lipetsk center of employment in the near future.