Made in Russia: Lawmakers pushing for domestic software on devices

On November 5, the State Duma adopted in the first reading a bill prohibiting the sale of smartphones and computers that do not have Russia-made software installed.

The document was introduced by MPs Sergei Zhigarev (LDPR), Vladimir Gutenev (non-party), Oleg Nikolayev (Fair Russia) and Alexander Yushchenko (Communist Party). In accordance with it, from 1 July 2020 on, one shall have Russian software on ‘technically sophisticated goods’ they sell, RIA Novosti reports.

The Russian Cabinet of Ministers is expected to make the lists of goods, software and installation procedures. The initiators suggest that the introduction will affect trading smartphones, computers and television sets equipped with smart TV function.

In their opinion, the bill will protect the interests of Russian companies.

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