You see, anime is fairly popular in those countries. However, even more popular is stealing someones else work and getting paid for it. In former SU anime characters are often used for that purposes. Instead of making your own character to market a new brand of toilet paper you just steal someones else. It is not likely that Japanese companies will go all the way to Russia to sue the disigners.
Its very old news. They used suchtactics for at least 5 years and slowly start to shift out of it.