State Duma (lower house) of Russia on June 17 officially passed a bill forcing large foreign technology companies to open offices in Russia before January 2022 or face sanctions.
The bill requires foreign websites with more than 500,000 daily visitors in Russia to set up branches or representative offices in the country.
Websites that do not comply will be flagged in search engines and will be removed from search results and banned from advertising in Russia and advertising to Russians, and may even be partially or fully blocked the set.
State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin emphasized that controlling the activities of large technology companies is completely normal in many countries.
Preliminarily, there are about 20 platforms that must open branches or representative offices in Russia such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, Gmail, Google, Amazon, Wikipedia.org…
The bill still needs to be approved by the Association. approved by the Federal Council (Senate) and signed into law by the President of Russia.