For years, Xiaomi has turned a blind eye to this, even though it expressly forbids it for certain areas in the company’s Terms and Conditions. Now, though, reports are rolling in (via XDA-Developers) that the company is changing its stance. Users in Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, and the Crimea region are reporting that their phones are being disabled remotely by Xiaomi, complete with a message explaining why:
Xiaomi policy does not permit sale or provision of the product to the territory in which you have attempted to activate it. Please contact the retailers directly for additional information.
If you see this message, your imported Xiaomi phone is essentially soft-bricked.