Today, December 2, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed law, which will come into force on July 1, 2020 and will oblige manufacturers to preinstall Russian applications on smartphones and other devices intended for sale in our country.
It is interesting that on the eve of the Russian Association of Trading Companies and Manufacturers of Household and Computer Equipment (RATEK) addressed the President with request reject the bill. According to entrepreneurs, the application of the law will have a negative impact on the industry, worsen the competitive situation in the field of Russian software, and also lead to its monopolization.
Worse, according to the association, the requirements of the new law violate the principles of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in terms of creating preferences for Russian software developers. The entry into force of the law is also fraught with increased disintegration processes within the EAEU, a decrease in business activity in the consumer electronics and software market, the statement said.
Be that as it may, today the law has been signed and it is worth clarifying that the list of applications that will be required for installation has not yet been determined. The government will now deal with its drafting and maintenance.
The new law applies to smartphones, computers, smart TVs, and so on.
In addition, for refusing to preinstall Russian software plan introduce administrative responsibility: for officials, the fine will be from 30,000 to 50,000 rubles, for legal entities – from 50,000 to 200,000 rubles.