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Duty-free shops will appear in Russia, where only diplomats, employees of embassies and consulates will be able to shop. international organizations and their families. Relevant decree government was issued on 26 July and will come into force on 27 August.
In order to buy goods in such stores, which will be opened in Moscow and St. Petersburg, it will be necessary to present documents confirming the status. Prices will be indicated in rubles, dollars and euros. In the check or a form equivalent to it, information about the buyer may be indicated. This information, as well as a list of what was purchased, will be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a monthly basis.
The stores will be owned by a Russian company, which will be established by the Main Production and Commercial Directorate for Servicing the Diplomatic Corps under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with a co-founder selected through an open competition.
“The idea of opening special stores for diplomats is not new,” said “Parliamentskaya Gazeta” by Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs. – Back in Soviet times, my friends worked abroad, and there were shops for diplomats, which had certain discounts. These outlets allow diplomats to freely buy goods that they cannot import or buy in the host country.”
Such stores, Jabarov said, are an additional source of foreign currency.
In the USSR, there was a network of Beryozka branded stores with food and clothing. cosmetics and household appliances of foreign production, the goods in which were sold for foreign currency to diplomats and their families, and for “checks” – special certificates – to Soviet citizens working abroad.