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Association of Trading Companies and Manufacturers of Electrical Household and Computer Equipment (RATEK) said that new phones, including the iPhone 14, “cannot legally circulate on the Russian market” without special permissions, RBC reports.
The association said in a statement that retailers can sell phones if they have certificates, declarations and special notifications about the characteristics of encryption (cryptographic) means and goods. EAEU or the conclusion of the Center for Licensing, Certification and Protection of State Secrets of the FSB.
A RATEK representative told RBC that he “is not aware that anyone in Russia or the EAEU has received all the necessary documents to sell the iPhone 14.” The publication noted that the Unified Register of Notifications of the EAEU does not mention that such a document was issued for new iPhone models.
At the same time, pre-orders for the iPhone 14 in Russia were accepted by MTS and M.Video, and Beeline, Wildberries, Yandex.Market and Ozon were also preparing for iPhone sales, writes vc.ru.
M.Video-Eldorado told RBC that they plan to receive a notification for the iPhone 14 and other devices. Wildberries said that iPhone sales will begin in early October. Representatives of Citylink, MTS and Ozon declined to comment.
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Apple refused to supply its products to Russia, after which the Russian government included Apple products in the list for the so-called parallel imports. Retailers can supply parallel import goods without the permission of the right holders.
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