The iPhone Could Be Banned in Russia by 2020

A ‘Digital Iron Curtain’ is descending over part of the world

Aimee Pearcy


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RRussia’s State Duma just announced that starting next July, all electronics in Russia (including smartphones, computers, and smart TVs) will be required to come preinstalled with apps made by Russian tech firms.

According to Alexander Yushchenko, a Communist Party representative, one contender for preinstallation is Gosuslugi — the Russian government services app. However, a complete list of required apps is yet to be published.

The law does not state that non-Russian software must be banned on devices, just that such apps must be installed alongside Russian software. However, vendors who fail to comply with these rules will be fined in excess of $3,000, and could eventually be banned from the Russian marketplace if they commit repeat offenses.

A brief summary of the extensive history of internet censorship in Russia

Over the past few years, Russia has ramped up its attempts to introduce increasingly strict laws in an attempt to gain a tighter grip on the internet traffic that passes through the country.

According to the most recent publication of Freedom on the Net, a yearly report carried…