Russia is turning a blind eye to bootleg tech imports, including CPUs, to lessen the impact...

nanoguy

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Cutting corners: Faced with an unprecedented amount of trade restrictions, Russia is now looking to legalize shady imports of in-demand goods such as consumer tech products and cars. Anything that's made by a company that has halted operations in Russia is fair game, from phones to high-ticket items like cars.

Since the start of the Russo-Ukrainian War, many companies have suspended operations in Russia as a way to comply with trade restrictions and economic sanctions imposed on the country for beginning this war. Social media platforms have blocked the accounts of Russian state media, Apple has paused product sales at retail stores, and game publishers and streaming companies have closed off access to their services to Russian citizens, just to name a few.

More importantly, chip makers like Intel and AMD have halted industrial sales to Russia, although it wasn't immediately obvious if this would have any impact on a country that relies on Asia for a lot of its infrastructure needs. Last month, the Biden administration reportedly called on Chinese tech companies to aid in export controls against Russia. It appears these efforts have already had a couple of notable effects that has local authorities scrambling to counteract.

Another effect of the trade restrictions is that Russia is considering legalizing digital piracy as a way to circumvent sanctions

The first is that Russia is fast-tracking its plans to manufacture chips locally. As ambitious as that may sound, we're only talking about dreams of homegrown silicon produced on a 28 nm process node. For reference, China's SMIC is already conducting trial production runs for 14 nm FinFET and 12 nm nodes while eyeing 7 nm for the coming years. The plans are also highly unfeasible when you consider that China has been buying almost all of the old lithography machines it could find over the past two years.

Another effect of the trade restrictions is that Russia is considering legalizing digital piracy as a way to circumvent sanctions. A report from Russian news outlet CNews (spotted by Tom's Hardware) claims the country will apply a similar treatment to physical goods. Specifically, Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade will allow "parallel imports" of certain foreign tech products even if the manufacturer doesn't allow it.

The list includes 50 product categories and over 200 brands, many of which have paused sales in the country. It encompasses everything from smartphones, tablets, laptops, smart TVs, gaming consoles, appliances, cars, and even replacement parts for all of these products. As you'd expect, it doesn't affect any companies that still operate in the country, such as Asus, DJI, Gorenje, Honor, Oppo, Xiaomi, ZTE, Toshiba, and many others.

Also read: Russia is taking further steps towards a Splinternet

What this means is that Russian authorities will now turn a blind eye to unofficially imported goods and intellectual property theft. However, it's not all roses for Russian consumers, as there's no warranty attached to these offerings.

As for the importers, those who bring in mobile devices may have to comply with a law that requires them to install Russian-made software on them.

Overall, the move marks a complete reversal of previous policies that were following international copyright law. Whether or not it will help Russia prevent a shortage of in-demand foreign goods remains to be seen.

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R00sT3R

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It was always going to be the case...the moment sanctions were announced, the people who make money from bypassing them, only saw one thing, $$$$

Of course while the goods will still be on Russian shop shelves, the question is will anyone but the rich be able to afford any of it, given all middle men and mark ups they're going to go through before reaching the consumer.
 

dangh

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This will greatly reduce the economical value of russia even after the war. It will be interesting to watch when the normal russian people replicate revolution from 100 years ago, this time to get rid of new 'Tzar' putin and become a normal, non aggressive nation...
 

Irata

Posts: 2,221   +3,857
It was always going to be the case...the moment sanctions were announced, the people who make money from bypassing them, only saw one thing, $$$$

Of course while the goods will still be on Russian shop shelves, the question is will anyone but the rich be able to afford any of it, given all middle men and mark ups they're going to go through before reaching the consumer.
Then there‘s the question of warranties and after sales support, some devices may even be locked / blocked when being activated or operated from within Russia…
 

Xex360

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Should be the same everywhere, it's stupid that you cannot get this phone or that TV just because the ignorants in government decided so.
Russia, long term, will be fine.

Europe is going to suffer tremendously come winter.

Energy is everything.
Indeed, the rest of the world (Asia, Africa, Latin America) are smart enough to care about their economy rather than following American idiocy (even some of their allies like Israel).
 

kiwigraeme

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Russia, long term, will be fine.

Europe is going to suffer tremendously come winter.

Energy is everything.

Keep up - Most of the E.U countries are finding new supplies - Ha maybe when the barbaric war is over Ukraine - can use the Russian pipeline to sell their gas . You know this isn't just about destroying Ukraine as a country - it's grabbing Ukraine's huge gas fields in the East . Russia needed Crimea as a Black sea port .
Why do you think Russia have been funding a war in Donbass for 8 years - like Putin cares about people - That discrimination stuff was just a smokescreen for gullible people - Ukraine bad, USA bad - Russia good , Estonia ,Poland bad - It's a resource grab- he did want the whole of Ukraine to continue the Big Steal .
Lots of Russians in outlying areas are very poor - so they would pirate already on an old PC if they could afford one
Russia will not be fine - they will need to make new pipelines to say China and India - selling at below market rates .

Are you going to invest in Russia - put your money where your mouth is .
Europe's only cost is rebuilding Ukraine - Russia as it now is - is finished , finito . Kaput .
That's all Russia has is wheat , gas , oil and other commodities - it's has an appallingly bad industrial base - Most things come in and are rebadged to appear Russian . The brain drain is gong to get worst .
Putin and his crooks stole trillions from the people - Then there is the military spending - which produced - lots wasted - stuff poorly maintained , poor training - and of the good stuff - most low production rates - needing outside high tech parts for some of it .
Their poorly trained young men will be slaughtered soon with highly reactive artillery - that can lock on to Russian tanks , artillery the moment the fire a shot - 2 minutes a Ukrainian response .
Russian planes , helicopters will be slaughter with UK .USA , German tech arriving very soon - check out The German anti-aircraft tank 95% plus hit rate .
You know why Ukraine does not have the death penalty for traitors - because it will join the E.U
Just be glad USA is now seen much more favourably.

How does your love of Freeze Peach sit with no independent media in Russia - up to 15 years saying the word war , all your phone calls listened to - arrested for holding up blank paper .
How will Elon handle Tesla Trade Union free speech , or anti Elon/Tesla stuff on Twitter ?
 

psycros

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"What this means is that Russian authorities will now turn a blind eye to unofficially imported goods and intellectual property theft."

Russia has already announced that they will be actively reverse engineering any foreign tech they can get ahold of specifically to reproduce stolen IP.
 

ypsylon

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Russia going back to the USSR.
As a regime, they are there for past 20 years at least. Even perhaps couple years more as Shoigu was top figure in Moscow even before Putin came to power.

Mentally for large swathes of Russian society which never left Russia, never learned another language, read a book, spoke to people in other countries, USSR was on pause only briefly with Yeltsin presidency. I've seen many years ago how peasants were praying to Putin's painting for potatoes harvest. Especially on deep province nothing has changed. They replaced images of Tsars with Stalin and now with Putin while retaining delusions of Grand Russia which only liberates everybody.

My good Friend which died of cancer 3 years ago loved Russia and Ukraine. He traveled both far and wide. He would be so heart broken right now, perhaps it is very good he cannot see what $hitstorm Putin The Murder has unleashed.
 

terzaerian

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I guess I'd be a lot more concerned about IP theft if IP theft prevention wasn't routinely used to bludgeon content creators remixing prior work, as if all art has to spring new-formed out of a vacuum rather than build on the past.
 

mbrowne5061

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Russia, long term, will be fine.

Europe is going to suffer tremendously come winter.

Energy is everything.
Russia's oil fields are fracking ones. You can't stop pumping those once tapped, or they collapse in on themselves. This means you need to keep selling, no matter what - and Russia can't find enough buyers right now.

They've got about 6 months now to get exports back to pre-war levels, or every oil field they've tapped so far starts to go bad forever. And considering every foreign (and probably some domestic, too) geologist and petroleum engineer has left the country, I question whether they'll even be able to tap new oil fields as well.

Russia may not be "fine" long term if they don't find a way to get oil sanctions lifted by September.
 

Raytrace3D

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It was always going to be the case...the moment sanctions were announced, the people who make money from bypassing them, only saw one thing, $$$$

Of course while the goods will still be on Russian shop shelves, the question is will anyone but the rich be able to afford any of it, given all middle men and mark ups they're going to go through before reaching the consumer.
Pricing on those goods are going to be through the roof, I'm sure. The general consumer is going to be in trouble.
 

wiyosaya

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This will greatly reduce the economical value of russia even after the war. It will be interesting to watch when the normal russian people replicate revolution from 100 years ago, this time to get rid of new 'Tzar' putin and become a normal, non aggressive nation...
Absolutely. IMO, Russia is only making things more difficult on themselves through all these strong-arm tactics and attempts to play Nuclear Bully. Putie is really doing a number on Russia that will be much harder for them to recover from than Trumpy's bullcrap while he was president of the US.
 

wiyosaya

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Interesting comment, since they have made it clear as early as 7 weeks ago that they planned on cutting Russian reliance by the end of this year.
I think its TS' best source of Russian Propaganda, ever. 🤣 I think its rather delusional to think that any country could not survive without Russia.