Putin signed bills mandating Russian apps on electronic devices, targeting journalists
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a pair of bills Monday, a request of which is characterized by the fact that all consumer electronics devices sold in the country, which is pre-installed with the Russian software, while the other register that individual journalists as foreign agents.
government officials say the law will help Russian IT companies to compete with foreign companies that dominate the Russian mobile market, reports Reuters.
Putin said the government will draw a list of Russian applications to be installed on smartphones and computers
Another law, Putin on Monday, a law gives the government the right to register, bloggers, journalists and social media users as a foreign agent.
The bill is an extension of an existing law. in response to the U.S. Department of justice 2017 decision to label the Russian state-financed network RT as a foreign agent.
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The new law, who distributes content produced by the media, registered as a foreign agent and receives payments from abroad. Persons registered as foreign agents under the additional state examination.
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The train was criticized by many in Russia for the restriction of freedom of expression in the country even further and allow the authorities to crack down on dissent.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Released on Mon, 02 Dec 2019 23:17:53 +0000