Russian law enforcement agencies have discovered a big store that had been selling fake sports shoes under the guise of famous brands for almost one year in a shopping center in the central Nevsky district of St. Petersburg. It was estimated that the store caused the rights holders damages close to 2 million rubles (€21,800-$26,300), the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs said in a statement, as usual, without naming the brands involved. The incident shows that the mandatory shoe tagging process introduced in Russia in July has failed so far to wipe out counterfeiting from the Russian market. According to an expert from Brand Monitor, illegal dealers are waging war against big retailers, “trying to convince customers that everybody on the Russian market sells fake stuff.” He says that most fake shoes are now sold in small independent stores, as it would create big accounting problems and others for the bigger retailers.