Russian software must be installed on all gadgets sold in the country

26.11.2020

Russian software will have to be installed on all smartphones, tablets, desktop computers, laptops, and smart TVs sold in the country from January 1, 2021.

According to the government decree, the list of devices that must have pre-installed Russian software includes smartphones, tablets, desktop computers, laptops, and TVs with a digital control unit (Smart TV).

The Cabinet also approved a list of software that must be pre-installed. It includes Russian search engines, Internet browsers, social networks, messengers, news aggregators, maps and navigation services, programs for accessing cloud storage systems.

In addition, the list includes e-mail services, voice assistants, programs for accessing online broadcasts and user content, audio-visual services, programs for using the national payment system «Mir», programs for receiving public services in electronic form, and office and antivirus software.

It is specified that the right to the software that will be pre-installed must be owned by the Russian Federation, a subject of the Russian Federation, a Russian legal entity, or a citizen of the Russian Federation.

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