Roskomnadzor Orders Twitch, Twitter, Meta, Google, Apple, and Discord to open offices in Russia

Russia has mandated that 13 technology companies, including Google, Meta, TikTok, and Apple, have a presence in the country by the end of the year.

Foreign enterprises with more than 500,000 daily users must have an office in Russia by January 1, 2022. Companies that fail to do so may face penalties such as advertising restrictions.

“A foreign person operating on the Internet on the territory of the Russian Federation is obliged to create a branch, or open a representative office, or establish a Russian legal entity and ensure the functioning of a branch, or representative office, or a Russian legal entity on the territory of the Russian Federation,” the statement said.

Roskomnadzor, the state communications regulator, has produced a list of foreign enterprises that must comply with the new rule. On the list are Meta, Alphabet’s Google, Twitter, TikTok, and Telegram, all of which have been penalized by Russia this year for failing to erase unlawful information.

Apple is also on the list, having been fined $12 million by Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) for allegedly abusing its dominating position in the mobile apps industry.

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