Another result of the war: no keyboard in Russia

Another result of the war: no keyboard in Russia

The Western export ban is already having an effect on the market of PC peripherals.

Due to the economic sanctions introduced in response to the Russian-Ukrainian war that broke out in February, essentially all major Western companies ceased their activities in Russia, so the state with a population of more than 140 million was forced to legalize gray imports , to prevent mass product shortages. One of the downsides of this, however, is that Russian customers could say goodbye to localized ports, including Cyrillic keyboards. Recently, the newspaper Kommerszant published a summary, according to which the amount of assets arriving with foreign allocations is rapidly increasing, therefore additional skill is needed. The newspaper writes that, according to local distributors, the percentage of keyboards and laptops sold without Cyrillic letters could reach 10% by the end of the year due to gray imports. A government source also gave a statement to the newspaper, who said that the lack of suitable keyboards makes it difficult to fulfill already concluded public procurements, as the state only accepts devices with Russian letters. The Ministry of Industry and Trade, for lack of a better option, recommends subsequent laser engraving to traders, for which, according to one of the major players, McGraver, the demand has increased one and a half to two times in the country. At the same time, another company manager drew the attention of Kommerszant to the fact that engraving is a serious disadvantage for sellers, as the box has to be opened for it, and customers are reluctant to choose products with damaged packaging. The alternative can be the placement of localized keyboard stickers, which can even be done at home. Are you more seriously interested in IT? You can find our news and analyzes for IT and infocommunications decision-makers here.

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