Kyiv stores boycott Russian goods



2014/10/10 • Ukraine

Russian products will be specially  marked and segregated shelves for goods from the Russian Federation will be set up, so people will know what not to buy.

The Kyiv City Council voted to specifically identify Russian products and asked business owners to set up special shelves for these wares. This decision was adopted in the framework of coordination of information and protection of national information security in the capital, in the light of  Russian aggression. 76 members voted for the initiative.

“Every penny paid for goods made in the Russian Federation is a penny that Putin uses for weapons to aim against our boys, against us, and against our country in east Ukraine”, said Ruslan Andriyko, member of the “Svoboda” party. He added that meetings were held with business and trade owners for this ‘identification’ initiative and most of them are in full support. One region of the capital has already introduced these measures, as have the city councils of the regions of Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Cherkasy.


Ruslan Andriyko

Andriyko stressed that the boycott movement is having a substantial influence on the economy of Russia. The Council member was convinced that this initiative can be implemented throughout all the commercial zones of Kyiv within a few days.

The City Council also recommended for all the city concert agencies not to book tours of show business artists who publicly support anti-Ukrainian aggression.

Translated by: Adrian Bryttan

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  • Rods

    Excellent news.

    Euromaiden volunteers should create a smart phone app with barcode database so those outside Kyiv can scan a barcode to see if made in Russia. :-)

    Lets show ‘Putin no friends’ what being an evil despot really means in all areas of global and Russian society with their increasing isolation.

    • Steve K

      You can generally see this without a smart phone app. If the numbers under the barcode start with the numbers ’46’, then the code has been issued in Russia, and you’re 99% sure it’s a Russian product. There are a few exceptions, e.g. companies that manufacture both in Russia and elsewhere may use the Russian issued code on products made outside Russia as well. Still, Boycotting all ’46’ products would be a good start.

      And on the positive side, Ukraine issued codes start with ‘482’.

      • Rods

        My understanding is that using barcodes issued from other countries to disguise it is a Russian product is becoming an issue.

      • Murf

        I will encourage everyone I know to look for 46.

  • Paul P. Valtos

    Sounds like what Khruschev did to Ukraine in 1937/38 is still way beyond just a commercial venture. If I were a Ukrainian I would be out to kill any Russian I could get my hands on. Even then it would not balance the cruelty used on Ukraine by Stalin and the USSR . A bunch of psychopaths.

  • Thomas Ferree

    Somebody please check my thought here, but I remember reading in a previous Euromaiden article (couple of weeks ago) that the ‘MTC’ mobile network is primarily owned by Russian oligarchs. If true, another beneficial way to boycott Russian goods is to not use the ‘MTC’ mobile phone service.

    • Lilianna Juhasz

      It is owned by a Russian company as is another popular mobile carrier, but everything that I have heard is that there are few other alternatives currently available in Ukraine, at least not to the average person.