In response to the withdrawal of western companies from Russia, the Russian authorities have adopted a number of regulations allowing parallel import. The legislature has allowed the import of in-demand foreign-produced original goods into the country without the consent of the copyright holders and have abolished liability for such import. However, this permission applies only to certain types of goods listed in the resolutions of the Government of the Russian Federation. Moreover, if a manufacturer from this list decides to resume official deliveries to Russia, the government of the Russian Federation prohibits the parallel import of goods from such manufacturer by a separate order. Some copyright holders have already done so.
Vera Zotova, a Senior Associate in the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Practice at Nordic Star Law Offices, told RBC News Agency in which cases the new rules on parallel imports are being applied.