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Effect of Anti-Sanctions: Modified Geography of the Imports and Traffic Flows

Svetlana Aksyuk – Research fellow of Laboratory for Infrastructure and Spatial Studies, Institute for Applied Economic Research, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tatyana Mikhailova – Senior Research fellow of Laboratory for Infrastructure and Spatial Studies, Institute for Applied Economic Research, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Candidate of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A substantial modification of Russia’s foreign trade on the back of introduction of a trade embargo (anti-sanctions) have spurred the imports of banned commodity groups to switch over from the EU near abroad countries to geographically distant countries.  A switchover of the EU imports from the banned commodities to other commodity groups was not virtually observed. Note that the geography of traffic flows of imports through the border of the Russian Federation was in direct correlation with the reduction of the total import volumes from bordering countries.

Key words: counter sanctions, imports, imports geography, geography of transportation flows, border crossing point.