MOSCOW, June 21 (RAPSI) — Russia’s State Duma has adopted a bill on the legalization of parallel imports, according to a statement on the official website of the parliament’s lower house.

The draft law was developed to protect the Russian economy and citizens in the face of economic sanctions against this country. Its adoption will simplify the trade in goods from the list of parallel imports and is to help stabilize prices of goods imported into Russia, Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the State Duma, said.

He reminded that certain earlier adopted amendments give the Government the right to make a list of goods, to which certain provisions of the Russian Civil Code on the protection of exclusive intellectual property rights may not apply in 2022.

Now it was proposed to supplement this regulation with a provision that neither the use of the intellectual property embedded in these goods, nor the use of individualization marking such goods would not be a violation, Volodin explained.

The document protects Russian companies that import goods without the permission of the copyright holder from possible civil, administrative and criminal liability.