Medvedev bans the use of foreign-made software in Russian state agencies


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
20th November, 2015

The Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medevdev, has signed a decree prohibiting from 1 January 2016 the purchase of foreign-made software for state needs, reports the press service of the Cabinet.

According to the document, customers will now be obliged to buy Russian-produced software. It notes that the initiative is a method of import substitution.

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The exception is when software has the necessary functional, technical or operational characteristics absent in Russia. To place an order on, for example Microsoft Windows, officials will have to justify the need for this operating system.

As reported to “Kommersant” earlier, the official, who asked to remain anonymous,  said that a German IT company began to discuss with the Ministry of economic development the possibility of  a partial transfer of software production to Russia, in order thus to be able to sell it on government orders.

A draft resolution was prepared and submitted by the Ministry of communications and mass communications of the Russian Federation. It was presented to Medvedev earlier in April.

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