The government has supported a bill proposing to oblige IT companies with a daily audience of more than 500 thousand people in Russia to open official offices in the Russian Federation, Interfax reports, citing one of the authors of the initiative, State Duma deputy Anton Gorelkin.
The first reading of the bill in the State Duma is scheduled for June 1, said First Deputy Speaker Alexander Zhukov. The document was submitted to the lower house on May 21. It was approved by Roskomnadzor, FAS and the Bank of Russia.
The bill obliges the owners of large resources with a daily audience of 500 thousand people in Russia to open branches, which must fully represent the interests and be responsible for their activities – incl. in state and judicial instances, said Alexander Khinshtein, chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy.
According to him, many IT giants abuse their monopoly position, violating the requirements of Russian legislation. They disseminate prohibited information, and it is almost impossible to make claims against them. To prevent companies from ignoring this requirement, the bill introduces a number of “coercive measures” for them.
If the law is passed, 20 resources may fall under its influence, Khinshtein said. Among them are social networks Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and Twitter, video hosting sites Youtube and Twitch.tv, messengers Whatsapp, Telegram and Viber, mail service Gmail, search engines Google and Bing.com, hosting providers Amazon, Digital Ocean, Cloudflare and Godaddy, Wikipedia and some online stores.