Lego pulls toys from Russian shelves permanently, 81 stores affected

Lego pulls toys from Russian shelves permanently, 81 stores affected
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The world’s number one toy maker, the Danish LEGO Group, announced on Tuesday that it would definitively cease its sales in Russia due to the war in Ukraine, affecting the 81 stores operated by a Russian distributor.

The maker of the famous plastic bricks “has decided to indefinitely cease its commercial activities in Russia” and “to end its partnership” with the Russian distributor Inventive Retail Group, which operated 81 stores in the name of the brand, a spokeswoman told AFP.

The Danish group will also cut the posts of most of its Moscow-based team, she said. Lego had already decided at the beginning of March to suspend its deliveries to Russia following the invasion of Ukraine, but the stores operated by its subcontractor had been able to remain open and continue to sell their stocks.

“We confirm the termination of the contract with Lego,” a spokeswoman for Inventive Retail Group told AFP on Tuesday. “Our company will continue to work as an expert in the category of construction and educational toys,” she said, without further details.

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At the beginning of May, Russia had placed Lego products on the list of a hundred categories of goods whose import without the agreement of the holders of the intellectual property was authorised.

Among these products, there were also Apple or Samsung telephones, major car brands, game consoles and even materials and spare parts used in the industry.

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