Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade (Minpromtorg) has proposed the prohibition of Government purchases of clothing manufactured abroad or from foreign materials.

A draft resolution has been produced following two weeks of discussions, the Russian Union of Entrepreneurs of Textile and Light Industries (Souzlegprom) said. The ban will apply to purchases for the needs of the federal authorities and the needs of national defense and state security.

According to the document, the ban will apply to items such as cardigans, leather and outerwear clothing, fur, bags, shoes, and rubber products, amongst others. It also applies to the use of semi-finished fibres for the production of fabrics.

Souzlegprom said the share of domestically produced materials supplied to law enforcement agencies in Russia increased to 70% in 2012 from 30% in 2011.

The resolution is expected to be passed and adopted by the beginning of 2014, the Union said.

It added: "There is every reason to believe that by 2016, all materials used for the production of clothing equipment will be exclusively produced in Russia."