The iPhone offered Wednesday to President Dmitry Medvedev (see our article of September 16) for his birthday by young admirers who are members of a group favorable to his election, is most likely a contraband product.
"The iPhone given to President Dmitry Medvedev on his birthday on Wednesday by young admirers belonging to a group favorable to his election is very likely a smuggled product", said a representative of the Apple brand in Russia on Thursday.
“On telephones introduced legally in Russia, the serial number ends with the letters RR / A”said AFP Loudmila Simouchina, head of press relations at an Apple store in central Moscow.
Gold, the telephone offered to the Russian president on Wednesday by five “Medvedev girls”, has a serial number ending with the letters ZA “Which are those of the models sold in Europe or in the United States, and it is therefore surely about a smuggled telephone”, said Ms. Simouchina.
"We are very tons and we are convinced that this is a mistake"said AFP Alissa Mecheriakova, one of five "Medvedev girls" who says she "bought" the device in a Moscow store.
Questioned by the Russian newspaper “Tvo Dien”, the shop in question admitted having obtained the telephone via a smuggled network.
“Nobody complains, it ultimately costs the customer less”said a store official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Worth 34,000 rubles (822 euros), this iPhone, dubbed “Dimaphone” because it was decorated with a portrait of Dmitri (diminutive Dima) Medvedev and a photo of the Kremlin, was ultimately not given to the president: an anti-corruption law prohibits senior officials from receiving gifts worth more than 3,000 rubles (71 euros).
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