Russia

Netflix Forced to Stream State-Owned TV Channels in Russia

Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media, known as Roskomnadzor, will require Netflix to stream state-approved television channels to Russian customers starting in March 2022 — reports The Moscow Times.  Netflix's addition to the Russian media watchdog's register of "audio-visual services," which went through on Tuesday, was contingent upon the platform...

Russia Has Successfully Tested Domestic Internet

  [caption id="attachment_317544" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Source: The Moscow Times[/caption] The Russian government has been successfully testing their version of the 'domestic internet', an isolated alternative to the global internet many of us know and love. According to BBC, the Russian government has been running preliminary tests, although what those tests involve has yet to be...

Russia Concludes Apple Guilty of iPhone Price-Fixing

Russia's anti-monopoly agency has found Apple guilty of coordinating the prices of its iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 models, reports the Financial Times. In a press release issued today and marking the end of a seven-month investigation, Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) says Apple illegally instructed 16 Russian retailers to hold the prices of iPhone models and even...

Russia Forces Apple to Remove LinkedIn App from Russian App Store

Russian authorities have recently required both Apple and Google to remove the LinkedIn app from their respective digital stores. The move is tied to a court ruling from November that blocked access to the service for ignoring local internet regulations. According to a report from The New York Times, iOS and Android users living in Russia...

Russia Starts Investigating iPhone Price-Fixing Allegations Against Apple

Russia's Federal Anti-Monopoly Service has started an investigation against Apple following allegations of iPhone price-fixing in the region, Reuters is reporting. The authority highlighted that it had opened its case after an appeal from a citizen with information that identical prices had been set for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, which appeared in Russia in...

Russian Internet Tzar Wants More Tax from Apple and Google

Vladimir Putin's new Internet tzar wants Apple and Google pay more taxes in Russia, reports Bloomberg, describing the 90-minute interview as peppered with expletives. German Klimenko was named Putin's first Internet advisor six weeks ago. As Bloomberg describes it, Klimenko is pushing to raise taxes on US companies to "help level the playing field for...