Sport: Russia: Towards a return to Soviet shopping?

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Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed a decree on the establishment of a chain of stores strictly reserved for diplomats and offering out-to-tax. An initiative that recalls memories of the Soviet Union.

With our correspondent in Moscow, Anissa El Jabri

is the return of Bériozka stores, writes the Kommersant newspaper. We do not yet know their future name, but the concept is familiar. The Bériozka channel appeared in the USSR of the 1960s in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Already reserved for diplomats, it made it possible to buy cars, clothes, electronic devices, alcohol, tobacco and cosmetics, all of much better quality and much more varied than one could find in ordinary shops.

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For what to do and why now? Some in the Russian press evoke a source of currency for the State: the prices will indeed be displayed in rubles, dollars and euros.

In the columns of Kommersant, a political consultant has another analysis: “Part of the elite suffered from sanctions, and with these stores, they will have access to foreign goods. In conditions where western shopping opportunities are complicated, those who can buy there will also be able to mark their social status ”. Two stores of this type must open at the end of the month, one in the Russian capital Moscow and another in St. Petersburg.

At the same time, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce authorized the "parallel" importation (that is to say without the authorization of the intellectual property holder) of perfumes and cosmetics of Lancôme, Redken, Yves Saint Laurent, Helena Rubinstein, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Kérastase, as well as car chemicals and spare parts, the list includes, among other things, Castrol, Liqui Moly and Datsun.

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