Russian Online Stores Complain to Mr. Chayka, Prosecutor General of Russia, about Their Foreign Competitors
Russian online retailers asked the Prosecutor General and the Supreme Court to force foreign competitors to comply with the local legislation on consumer protection. According to the lobbyists, violators should be fined.
AKIT (the Russian Association of Internet Trade Companies) asks the Supreme Court and the Prosecutor General's Office to clarify the following two points of dispute: at what point the ownership of the goods shall pass from the seller to the buyer and why the responsible agencies, such as Rospotrebnadzor, fail to protect the consumers’ rights in case of foreign retailers.
No explanations by the Prosecutor General's Office and the Supreme Court will replace the provisions of law: it would be more important to know what the Ministry of Finance as a state agency thinks about it.
The relations between foreign sellers and consumers shall be regulated by the laws of the jurisdiction the buyer resides in (Art. 1212 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation), but in fact, foreign online stores in Russia operate based on the regulations, that “cross refer us to foreign laws,’ which is contrary to the domestic Russian legislation, Denis Kosenkov, the firm’s managing partner is quoted as saying.
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