Despite Sanctions, Russians Still Obtaining Latest PCs From Major Brands

Most of the world’s renowned PC brands left Russia after it invaded Ukraine in February 2022. Despite this, the country continues to receive Apple, Dell and HP badged PCs through gray market imports. According to CNews, foreign-controlled brands dominated over 90% of Russia’s PC market last year, with only 9% coming from local brands. Interestingly, CPU sales remained flat in 2022, although neither AMD nor Intel officially shipped products to Russia, reports Kommersant.

According to the cited GS Group data, Chinese brands remained the top PC vendors — including Lenovo and Huawei — in Russia in 2022, with a market share of about 38%. On the other hand, Taiwanese vendors – such as MSI, Acer and Asus – captured a 35% share of the Russian PC market, while PC OEMs originating in the US (Apple, Dell, HP, etc.) controlled about 19% of the Russian market in the in 2022, up from 36% in 2021. In contrast, Russian vendors provided 9% of PCs sold in the country, up from 4% in 2021 and 3% in 2022.


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