Volodin: coercive measures are needed for IT companies that violate Russian laws

State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin called it necessary to introduce measures in Russia at the legislative level, providing for the regulation of the activities of foreign IT companies. So he commented on the bill submitted to the lower house on the obligation of IT giants to open representative offices in the Russian Federation.

“Foreign companies had the opportunity to follow the path of self-regulation. Don’t go. This means that legislative regulation is necessary, including the introduction of appropriate measures of coercion – primarily economic ones. Their language is well understood by Western companies, for which profit is the main thing, ”wrote Mr. Volodin in his Telegram channel.

This is a bill that was submitted to the State Duma on May 21. It obliges foreign Internet resources, which more than half a million Russians visit every day, to open representative offices in the country. If they don’t, they face penalties ranging from being banned from advertising to being completely blocked. As Viacheslav Volodin explained, the Russian authorities “made no secret” of their plans to adopt such a law. He called this initiative “a civilized solution to the issue, consistent with international practice and the rules already established in a number of countries.”

Mr. Volodin added that the new regulations will primarily affect such companies as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Google, YouTube, WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, World of Tanks. “The list is open,” Volodin added, commenting on a number of these companies.

Read more about the bill in the material of Kommersant FM. “Foreign IT giants” will be landed “by branches.”

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