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
Russia saw a record drop in alcohol imports in 2015 as a result of the weakening ruble and a decline in Russians' purchasing power, the Kommersant newspaper reported Thursday. Imports of whiskey — the country's most popular imported spirit — decreased by 22.3 percent to 33.59 million liters. Rum imports dropped by 35 percent to 4.76 million liters, the newspaper reported, citing customs statistics. The data also showed that Russia imported 32.6 percent less wine and 33.7 less sparkling wine last year compared to 2014.
Amid the food destruction frenzy that spread across Russia
last week, officials appear to have widened their remit and started
confiscating food items from travelers' hand luggage, despite the decree
that banned commercial imports of some Western food products clearly
stating that it does not apply to items brought in for personal
Russia approved the launch of a new wheat export tax from
July 1, which traders say could threaten profits on advance contracts
for the new crop if the ruble weakens in coming months.
Russia's government said on Friday that the new tax was
intended to stop exports surging if the ruble drops steeply. The ruble
fell sharply against the dollar in 2014, fueling grain exports, and is
yet to fully recover.
BRUSSELS — At a technology fair in Moscow last month, European executives faced
the new reality of doing business in Russia since the West imposed sanctions:
The number of companies at the international showcase had shrunk by half from a
"The impact on business couldn't be clearer. Fewer stands, fewer companies,"
said Mark Bultinck, a sales executive for Belgian digital screen maker Barco,
which had a booth at the annual expo for the audiovisual industry.
Russia has refused to allow almost a ton of German and U.S.
tea into the country, with customs officials saying the produce violated
Moscow's ban on Western food imports.
After 970 kilograms of German herbal tea was detained Friday
in the Siberian region of Novosibirsk, officials said Monday that they
had seized a smaller shipment of tea and ice-drink mixes on the far
eastern island of Sakhalin, the Interfax news agency reported.
About 28 kilograms of tea produced by a U.S. company was
part of the cargo aboard a ship arriving from the South Korean port
of Busan, the Sakhalin region's customs service was quoted as saying