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My Business: Russia cheese-making is 'hard, hard work'

7 December 2011 Last updated at 00:24 GMT

As part of a BBC series about entrepreneurs around the world, US-born expat Jay Close describes the challenges and rewards of running a cheese farm in the village of Moshnitsy near the Russian capital Moscow.

What began as an experiment has, in 18 months, become a business with an estimated turnover of US$40,000 in 2011.

Jay now has five cows plus eight goats, makes 30 different varieties of cheese, and sells to tourists, Muscovites and high-end restaurants.

But he says establishing a business in Russia has been "hard, hard work".

Video by BBC Russian Service's Oleg Boldyrev.