Russia's Import Substitution Plan Runs into Quality, Economic Problems

September 17, 2015 05:31 PM
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Russia is touting import substitution, a policy aimed at replacing foreign products with locally produced goods. The plan was sparked by Western sanctions over Ukraine and Moscow's retaliatory ban on Western food. Some countries, like China, expect to benefit from the ban, but, as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow, substituting imported for Russian technology is proving a long-term challenge.