There are online stores in the U.S. that don't ship to Russia. They say that customs house makes delivery "impossible". UPS delivery support told me that delivery to Russia is possible via their service as long as the shop has a contract with them. Then I found out that there a certain companies called "parcel forwarders" which lend their customers from Russia an address in U.S. They have a store on this address and I can order an item from a shop to their store. And for a bit of extra money they will forward my parcel from their store to me in Russia.
I was thinking about using these services. But this all sounds really strange to me. The delivery is possible in some shops of U.S. straight to Russia, but not in others. UPS and DHL may or may not ship into Russia depending on contracts and other details.
Are forwarder companies like this legal?