The Federal Service for Supervision of Information Technology and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) has published a list of 13 foreign companies that are required to open branches in Russia. These are Google, Apple, Meta, Twitter, TikTok, Telegram, Zoom, Viber, Likeme Pte. Ltd., Spotify, Discord, Pinterest, and Twitch.
The service clarified that in addition to the requirement to open a branch or representative office by January 1, 2022, companies will have to post an electronic feedback form for Russian users on their website, register a personal account on the Roskomnadzor website for interaction with authorities, and also install a visitors counter. In addition, they will be required to restrict access to information that violates Russian law.
These requirements were put forward within the framework of the law adopted in Russia on July 1 “On the Activities of Foreign Persons in the Internet Information and Telecommunications Network on the Territory of the Russian Federation”, according to which foreign Internet companies with a daily audience of over 500,000 users will have to open their authorized representative offices in the country.
In addition, it became known that the multinational IT giants Google, Twitter, and Meta (formerly Facebook) received eight more administrative protocols in Russia for not deleting prohibited data from the Internet, RIA Novosti reports. In particular, two protocols against Google are registered for non-removal of links and one protocol for non-removal of prohibited content. In relation to Twitter, Roskomnadzor also compiled two protocols and the other three were compiled to Meta.