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Russia’s Gun Production And Sales Hit By Sanctions And Restrictions – OpEd

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Sanctions which are blocking the sale of Russian guns abroad and the import of both guns and component parts for Russian guns are now being joined by a new Russian law reclassifying certain guns and imposing new limitations on purchases to restrict both the production, sale and possession of weapons, gun industry specialists say.

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Indeed, they suggest that it is now difficult if not impossible to say which of these two factors is having the greater impact and that fears that either Western countries or Moscow itself will impose additional limits means that few Russian producers are developing or offering new lines of guns to the Russian market (profile.ru/society/bez-prava-na-vystrel-sankcii-i-ogranicheniya-mogut-ubit-rossijskij-rynok-grazhdanskogo-oruzhiya-1116125/).

This means that the number of Russians who own guns legally, now listed as being around four million, will either stagnate or decline; but it may very well mean that the number of underground producers, sellers, and owners will increase unless the likely price rises put these weapons beyond reach.

But perhaps the most serious consequence of the combination of Russian government restrictions and Western sanctions in this area will be that yet another sector of the market will be driven underground, lessening the ability of the authorities to control it and making it more likely that the remaining market will be controlled by criminal elements.

Paul Goble

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. He has served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Goble maintains the Window on Eurasia blog and can be contacted directly at [email protected] .

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