A Russian keyboard

Having to use a keyboard that doesn’t use a standard UK layout instantly turns me into a 90 year old man. Where normally my hands glide over the keys with robotic rhythm, I’m reduced to hunting and pecking for every character, slowing my work to a crawl. I can relate, then, to Russian PC users, who are finding it harder and harder to get their hands on Russian keyboards under the country’s sanctions-circumventing ‘parallel imports’ scheme, per a Kommersant report (opens in new tab).

Russia published its list of brands for ‘parallel import’ at the beginning of May (opens in new tab), in response to ever-mounting western sanctions and the departure of countless tech companies (opens in new tab) following its invasion of Ukraine. The system permits Russian companies to purchase restricted goods from outside Russia, provided they were acquired legally in the country they’re being bought from. 

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