Russia is forcing hardware manufacturers that wish to sell their goods in Russia, to install Russian made software on electronic devices.

Why? Because Surveillance.

The law is coming into effect July 2020.


Proponents of the legislation say it is aimed at promoting Russian technology and making it easier for people in the country to use the gadgets they buy.

But there are concerns about surveillance and fears that firms could pull out of the Russian market.


“When we buy complex electronic devices, they already have individual applications, mostly Western ones, pre-installed on them,” he said, according to Interfax news agency.

“Naturally, when a person sees them… they might think that there are no domestic alternatives available. And if, alongside pre-installed applications, we will also offer the Russian ones to users, then they will have a right to choose.”

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