Russia imported medicine worth $6.8 billion last year, down 32.7 percent compared to 2014,
the Federal Customs Service said in a statement Friday.
The import of drugs to Russia from outside the former Soviet Union
dropped 32.9 percent to $6.7 billion. Imports into Russia from CIS
countries were worth $119 million, 21 percent less than in 2014,
the statement said.
Meanwhile, the volume of antibiotics imported into Russia decreased
by 2.6 percent in 2015 to $84.2 million, according to the Federal
In December, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree limiting state purchases of foreign-made drugs.
According to the decree — aimed at reducing reliance on Western goods —
foreign companies are banned from participating in tenders if there are
at least two entries from Russia or members of the Eurasian Economic