Moscow says 13 foreign tech firms must be represented on Russian soil by 2022


MOSCOW, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Russia has demanded that 13 foreign know-how firms be formally represented on Russian soil by the tip of 2021, however has given few particulars on what it requires in apply, concentrating on some firms that have already got Russian places of work.

President Vladimir Putin signed a regulation, efficient from July 1, that obliges foreign social media giants to open places of work in Russia, a part of a wider marketing campaign by Moscow to exert higher management over Big Tech. learn extra

State communications regulator Roskomnadzor revealed late on Monday a listing of foreign firms with greater than 500,000 each day customers that it mentioned must adjust to the regulation. Firms that violate the laws may face penalties similar to promoting bans.

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Companies named embrace Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O), Facebook (FB.O), Twitter (TWTR.N), TikTok and messaging app Telegram, all of which Russia has fined this 12 months for failing to delete content material it deems unlawful.

Apple (AAPL.O), which Russia has focused for alleged abuse of its dominant place within the cell purposes market, was additionally on the checklist. learn extra

None of the businesses responded instantly to requests for remark.


Exactly what illustration the businesses must have is unclear, mentioned Karen Kazaryan, head of research agency Internet Research Institute.

“There is no explanation in the law, no clarification as to what the legal form of the organisation’s representation should be,” Kazaryan informed Reuters on Tuesday.

Roskomnadzor, when requested for extra readability, referred Reuters to its assertion.

In addition to having illustration in Russia, firms must open an account on the regulator’s web site and have a suggestions kind for interacting with Russian customers, Roskomnadzor mentioned.

“Foreign entities are required to limit access to information that violates Russian legislation,” mentioned Roskomnadzor, with out offering additional particulars.


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Reporting by Alexander Marrow and Gleb Stolyarov;
Editing by Gareth Jones

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with head of the Federal Taxation Service (FTS) Daniil Egorov in Moscow, Russia November 22, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS