Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Thursday requiring foreign IT firms to open offices on Russian territory. The law will apply to companies with over 500,000 daily Russian users.
President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that obliges foreign social media giants to open offices in Russia, a document published by the government on Thursday showed, the latest move by Moscow to exert greater control over Big Tech.
The Russian authorities are keen to strengthen their control of the internet and to reduce their dependence on foreign companies and countries.
In particular, they have objected in the past to political opponents of the Kremlin using foreign social media platforms to organise what they say are illegal protests and to publicize politically-tinged investigations into alleged corruption.