Tech sold in Russia required to have Russian apps under law

The law which will come into force on July 1 next year has been met with resistance by some electronics retailers

The invoice was authorised earlier this 12 months by the decrease home of the Russian parliament, and formally signed into regulation on Monday by President Vladimir Putin, studies Reuters.

Supporters of the legislation argue that it will give Russian consumers more choice and make it easier for them to use the devices that they purchase, while giving the Russian technology industry a level playing field to compete with foreign tech firms.

The vaguely worded law would apply to Russians and foreigners who work with media declared foreign agents or distribute their content and receive money from overseas, potentially exposing journalists, their sources, or even those who share material on social networks to foreign agent status.

"These are exceptional and dedicated journalists".

Moreover, the law envisages fines varying from 2 to 6 million rubles for repeated refusal of legal entities to hand over encryption keys to the Federal Security Service (FSB).

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Those with a foreign agent distinction are subject to additional government scrutiny.

Nine RFE/RL reporting platforms have been designated a "foreign agent" as a result of a law from 2017 that brings media organizations under the purview of the original law that requires NGOs receiving foreign funding to register as "foreign agents" with Russia's Justice Ministry.

The new law, which now extends to individuals, will come into effect immediately, according to a document published on the Russian government website. Putin blamed Western influence and money for those protests.

Foreign organizations like the MacArthur Foundation have shuttered their offices in Russian Federation in recent years in response to the foreign agent law.

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