Retail chains are allowed now to limit the order release per person as many Russians have begun to panic-buy, succumbing to the frenzy caused by the anti-Russian sanctions, imposed by the West. This includes food products that are sold in many retail chains with a minimal markup.
According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, this decision is aimed primarily at combating subpurchasers. The recent feverish demand for certain types of food, electronics and household appliances are caused by the fact that some Russians have succumbed to panic. According to media reports, in the current situation, some regions started recording cases when some citizens began to buy a lot more goods than required for personal consumption. Therefore, it was decided to limit the sale of goods in one hand so that as many citizens as possible had the opportunity to buy primarily the food they need, which are sold in retail networks with minimum mark-ups.
While basic food products are mostly produced in Russia and there can be no shortage of them, the supply of certain foreign electronics and household appliances is now limited. A number of measures are being developed to regulate consumer demand.
Against the backdrop of sanctions, the Russian authorities are considering the possibility of abolishing both criminal and administrative liability for the use of unlicensed software on smartphones, laptops, and other electronic devices.
It is assumed that this measure will apply to software developers from those countries that supported the anti-Russian sanctions, according to the Plan of priority actions to ensure the development of the Russian economy in conditions of external sanctions pressure. According to Kommersant, experts from many agencies were involved in the development of specific actions and, importantly, some measures have already begun to be partially implemented. With the permissible use of pirated software, the exit of companies such as Oracle, Microsoft and IBM from Russia will be mitigated. At the same time, the Ministry of Finance explained that in this case it will be not related to all unlicensed programs, but only about those that do not have Russian analogues.
On March 5, South Korean company Samsung Electronics announced that it stops supplying its products to the Russian market. The company explained this step by the global “geopolitical events”. The company is closely monitoring the situation in the world at the moment to determine its actions in the future, says the statement.
Earlier, Yonhap News Agency [a major South Korean news agency], as referred to the South Korean Ministry of Trade, published a statement that cars, smartphones, laptops, as well as household appliances are not subject to sanctions imposed by the West against Russia.
According to media reports, the U.S. Department of Commerce and its South Korean partners held a meeting not long ago. It was the U.S. representatives who confirmed that products such as cars, washing machines, smartphones and other consumer goods are excluded from the so-called Foreign Direct Product Rule (FDPR), as long as they are not associated with military users. The South Korean Ministry of Industry and Trade also reported on these nuances.
According to Interfax news agency, the day before the South Korean government announced the temporary suspension of supplies to 49 Russian companies and agencies, including the Russian Defense Ministry.
As it became known earlier, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, in its turn, decided to temporarily suspend the export of mineral fertilizers to many European countries.