Mandatory Russian software pre-installation has been postponed

The law should now come into force on 1 January 2021.

On Tuesday, the State Duma approved an amendment to the law "On Protection of Consumer Rights", as well as a number of other measures to prevent and eliminate emergency situations. According to the updated law, it will be necessary to pre-install Russian software on smartphones, computers, tablets and smart TVs from January 1, 2021.

According to the original plan, the law was to come into force on July 1, 2020, when all smartphones sold in Russia were to begin installing domestic search engines, browsers, mapping services and navigators.

From July 2021 the list was to be expanded with tablets, as well as to include messengers, social networks and other applications. Later on, the Federal Antimonopoly Service demanded to be allowed to sell gadgets only with pre-installed Russian software from July 1 this year.

Alexander Onishchuk, President of the Association of Trade Companies and Commodity Manufacturers of Electrical and Computer Equipment (RATEK), sent a letter to Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishstin asking him to give up this idea in order to avoid a shortage of relevant products in the Russian market.

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