The Federation Council threatened foreign IT companies with sanctions for disseminating unverified or fake information. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to Andrei Klimov, chairman of the Federation Council commission on protecting state sovereignty and preventing interference in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation, and Alexei Pushkov, head of the commission on information policy and interaction with the media.
According to the senators, the illegal activities of IT companies in the current situation, when an information war against Russia is being waged in social networks and foreign media using deliberately distorted and unreliable information, requires increased opposition from the authorities.
“Internet networks and platforms that attempt to violate Russian law will inevitably suffer the consequences of applying appropriate retaliatory measures,” the statement emphasizes.
Such measures will be applied on the basis of the law “On measures of influence on persons involved in violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms, the rights and freedoms of citizens of the Russian Federation”, as well as the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation and laws regulating the activities of IT companies on territory of Russia. The senators stressed that these regulations provide for specific sanctions against violators.
“In particular, they entail a slowdown in traffic, a ban on advertising and <…> a complete blocking of these channels on the territory of the Russian Federation,” the statement emphasizes.
Earlier, the head of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Alexander Khinshtein, and his first deputy, Sergei Boyarsky , submitted to the chamber a bill on turnover fines for IT giants for non-compliance with the law on “landing”. According to the draft law, a company’s failure to fulfill its obligations will face a fine of up to one tenth of the total amount of the foreign entity’s earnings.