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Step back: Russia will again allow the sale of smartphones and TVs without domestic software

In Russia, from April 1, 2021, you cannot sell smartphones, tablets, computers, laptops and smart TVs that do not have domestic software preinstalled. From July 1, 2021, fines for violations began to operate – up to 200 thousand rubles for legal entities.

However, the situation with the withdrawal of a number of foreign companies from Russia and the official permission for parallel imports of goods led to the creation of a legal conflict. To resolve it, the Ministry of Digital Development, Telecommunications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation (Mintsifry of Russia) proposes to introduce a moratorium by the end of the year, which will free sellers from fines.

This was told by the publication “Izvestia” with reference to the Ministry of Digital Development. The ministry said that the corresponding bill is already ready:

The Ministry of Digital Development has prepared a draft federal law on amendments to Article 14.8 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (“Violation of other consumer rights”). The bill provides for exemption from administrative liability for the sale of certain types of technically complex goods without established Russian programs.

By “certain types” we mean goods included in the list of the Ministry of Industry and Trade for parallel imports. Among them are the products of such companies as Apple, Asus, HP, Motorola, Panasonic, Samsung, Nokia, Sony, Siemens, JBL and others.

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