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Electronics sold in Russia must soon have software that supports "Russian spiritual and moral values"

Smartphones in Russia will soon have to be more Russian... whatever that may mean. (Image via Charles DeLuvio on Unsplash, with edits)
Smartphones in Russia will soon have to be more Russian... whatever that may mean. (Image via Charles DeLuvio on Unsplash, with edits)
A new draft of a government resolution in Russia mandates that all electronics sold in the country carry pre-installed software from Russian companies that espouses the "formation of the priority of traditional Russian spiritual and moral values." However, these values are not explicitly defined in the resolution. The document is a followup to legislation signed into law last year forcing all smart devices and computers sold in Russia to be pre-installed with Russian-made software.
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How Russian can a smartphone get? We’ll soon find out after a new government resolution in Russia goes into effect.

The resolution, which was spotted by Reuters, states that software pre-installed on devices sold in Russia must support the “formation of the priority of traditional Russian spiritual and moral values.” This resolution is a followup to legislation signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin last year that mandates all smartphones, computers, and smart TVs sold in Russian carry pre-installed software from Russian companies.

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service of Russia drafted the resolution to answer questions about the actual software that is to be pre-installed on electronic devices. In addition to fostering traditional Russian values, the software must be both “popular and secure,” according to Reuters.

While this resolution was written to give clarity, the Anti-Monopoly Service did not explicitly clarify what “traditional Russian spiritual and moral values” actually are. As such, there is still little guidance as to what software should come on devices sold in Russia.

What is known is that software must first be submitted to the Russian government for review. Should the program be approved, it could be pre-installed on smartphones, computers, and other smart devices in March.

The resolution is another step in Vladimir Putin’s apparent crackdown on personal technology in Russia. In recent years, the Russian government has censored some search engine results and required social networks to share security tools and user data with some official organizations.

What do you think of Russia’s move to force devices sold within the country to carry software that supports Russian values? Let us know in the comments.

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I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2020-01-27 (Update: 2020-01-27)