Newly signed law forces tech giants to open offices in Russia
Moscow has forced tech giants to open offices in the country with a law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.
From January 1, 2022, Internet companies with a daily audience exceeding 500,000 Russian users will have to set up branches, open representative offices or establish legal entities in Russia that “fully represent the interests of parent companies.”
The preliminary list includes 20 platforms: Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, WhatsApp messaging, Telegram, Viber, Gmail messaging service, Google and Bing search engines, Amazon hosts, Digital Ocean, Cloudflare, GoDaddy, AliExpress, Ikea, Iherb online stores and the free Wikipedia online encyclopedia.
In addition, the Russian president ratified the agreement of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on cooperation in cybersecurity.
Putin also granted the Russian Federation National Guard (Rosgvardia) the right to cordon off when it stops attempts to illegally enter “protected object territories and aquatic areas,” which includes the bridge. of Crimea, the electric power bridge between Russia and Crimea, and the Kerch Strait.
He signed a number of additional laws, including laws prohibiting the public display of images of Nazi leaders, organizations and movements found to be criminal in accordance with the verdict of the Nuremberg trials, and also prohibiting public identification of targets. and actions of the USSR. and Nazi Germany during World War II, while denying the Soviets’ decisive role in the victory over fascism.