Up to 30% of Russia’s key retail goods are counterfeit

Russian Federation
According to a recent report by the Department of Economic Security of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, up to 30% of the goods sold in Russia’s major retail sectors, such as apparel, household chemicals, food, cosmetics and perfumes, are counterfeit. Counterfeit designer clothing accounts for 37% of the total retail turnover.

During a recent operation called 'Counterfeit', the Russian authorities discovered 5,000 violations involving counterfeit goods; the authorities managed to close 73 shops and workshops and suspend 70 websites offering counterfeit products.

Russia is mainly an importer of counterfeit goods, rather than a producer. The report mentions China, Singapore, India, as well as Bulgaria, Turkey, Poland and Ukraine as the major sources of counterfeit goods available in Russia. However, the local manufacturing of fakes is ripe in sectors such as alcoholic beverages, medicine and audio and video products.

The Moscow Times reported that police in the Chukotka region, north-eastern Russia, seized a large amount of counterfeit alcohol in September 2011, including 915 litres of grain alcohol, 706 litres of vodka and 454 litres of cognac, while an illegal sausage factory was closed down in Moscow earlier this year.

A counterfeit Yves Rocher store is still operating in the Republic of Tuva in south-central Siberia, even though the well-known French perfume maker has complained to the local authorities. According to the Moscow Times, the most commonly counterfeited perfumes in Russia bear the marks of Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan and Nina Ricci.

Jelena Jankovic, PETOŠEVIC, Belgrade  

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