Duty-free shops for diplomatic workers, employees of international organizations and their families will be opened in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The price tags in them will be indicated in foreign currency.
The corresponding resolution was adopted by the government of the Russian Federation. It will come into effect on August 27, reports Radio Liberty.
This is somewhat reminiscent of the duty free network at airports. But there is a significant difference: it will be possible to buy goods in stores (smartphones and watches, jewelry, cosmetics and perfumes, alcohol and tobacco products) only at retail and upon presentation of documents confirming one’s official position. That is, ordinary citizens of the Russian Federation who have dollars / euros will not be allowed to enter these stores.
The network of revived Russian “birches” will be managed by a company that will be established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and another co-founder, who will be determined by the competition. The customs service will control the assortment.
Member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Vladimir Dzhabarov, commenting on the decision of the Russian government, recalled the Soviet duty free Beryozka. According to him, “such stores will become an additional source of foreign currency” for the country.
Recall that the G7 countries intend to introduce marginal prices for Russian oilwhich will limit foreign exchange earnings in the treasury of the aggressor state.