Russia Bans Durex Condoms – Says They Need Further Testing


Durex condoms have been banned in Russia.

In a another twist in the country’s apparent war on condoms – a Kremlin-backed study claimed they caused the spread of HIV – Russia’s health care watchdog, Roszdravnadzor, said Durex was not abiding by the country’s laws.

Medical products must undergo further technical and toxicological tests in line with the watchdog’s legislation, Tass news agency reports.

The only way for the brand to be put back on shop shelves would be if British maker Reckitt Benckiser complied with registration procedures or registered the condoms as a new product.

Durex ‘must observe the law’

“They [Durex condoms] are not registered in the proper manner,” said Mikhail Murashko, the head of the watchdog.

“The company must observe the law,” he said, as quoted by AFP.

Durex is one of more than 60 condom brands available in Russia, according to Mr Murashko. But it is a popular choice, accounting for more than 25 per cent of sales, according to local media.

Russia’s issue with condoms

A recent study from the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS) blamed condoms for the spread of HIV. The study’s co-author Igor Beloborodov suggested the best method of prevention against the virus was to be “in a heterosexual family where both partners are loyal to each other”.

In 2015, a former public health chief told agency Ria Novosti that Russia’s proposed restrictions on condom imports would make people more “disciplined, more strict and discriminating in choosing partners, and maybe will do a [favour] to our society in respect to solving demographic problems”.

Around three quarters of the Russian population identify as Orthodox Christians.




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