Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the government to design and implement a set of measures aimed at stimulating domestic production of linen, cotton, wool and man-made fibres.
Russia still depends heavily on imports of these raw materials. According to Andrew Razbrodin, president of the Russian Union of Entrepreneurs of Textile and Light Industry, up to 99% of cotton and viscose is imported, imports of wool account for 90% of the market, while the share of imports in the man-made fibres sector is estimated at more than 60%.
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