Russia has passed laws prohibiting the sale of specific electronic products that do not have pre-installed Russian software. The law, which will take effect in July 2020, covers electronics including smartphones, computers and smart TVs. Proponents say the law aims to promote Russian technology and make it easier for its own people to use the electronics they buy.
But the law has also raised concerns about foreign companies pulling out of the Russian market. The government will draw up a list of Russian software that must be pre-installed on electronic devices.
Oleg Nikolayev, one of the bill’s drafters, explains that when we buy an electronic product, they have installed individual applications, the vast majority of which are Western, do not offer home-grown applications, and if there are alternative applications, users will have a choice.