For many years, Xiaomi has turned a blind eye to this, even though it has explicitly prohibited doing so in certain areas of the company. Terms and conditions. However, now, reports keep popping up (via XDA-Developer) The company is changing its position. Users in Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, and Crimea reported that their mobile phones were remotely disabled by Xiaomi, with a message explaining why:
Xiaomi’s policy does not allow the product to be sold or offered in the region where you are trying to activate the product. Please contact the retailer directly for more information.
If you see this message, your imported Xiaomi phone is essentially a soft brick.