Law

  • A 29 May 2013

    Putin approves, experts criticise new anti-piracy plan

    Putin approves, experts criticise new anti-piracy plan

    Vladimir Medinsky, head of Russia's Cultural Ministrey, has met with Vladimir Putin to present him with an anti-piracy plan devised by his office. Experts say the initiative lacks clarity, at the very least, while Internet freedom activists think suggested measures are pointless.

  • N 22 April 2013

    Russia's Labour Code updated to govern remote work

    Russia's Labour Code updated to govern remote work

    Amendments to Russia's Labour Code governing the rights of remote workers came into force on 19 April. From now on, employers will have to sign the same labour contracts with freelancers and employees working from home, as they do with employees coming to the office.

  • N 10 April 2013

    Internet development hindered by "half of Russian laws" - experts

    Internet development hindered by "half of Russian laws" - experts

    Almost half of all Russian laws that regulate the work of the Internet endanger its further development, experts at the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC) have stated. According to RBC daily, the experts are particularly concerned with the recent laws that provide for blocking sites with illegal content.

  • N 9 April 2013

    Lawmakers want to block sites for 'homosexual propaganda'

    Lawmakers want to block sites for 'homosexual propaganda'

    As Russia's parliament is debating a law banning "propaganda of homosexuality among children" some lawmakers have come forward with an amendment that would allow the authorities to shut down websites caught spreading such 'propaganda' without a court's decision. "No adult must impose their sexual preferences to a person under 18 years of age. Propaganda of homosexuality must be classified as information, inappropriate for children", said Elena Mizulina, head of Family, Women and Children Affairs committee of the State Duma.

  • N 13 March 2013

    Google 'unaware' of government plan to scrutinise Gmail

    Google 'unaware' of government plan to scrutinise Gmail

    The Federal Antinonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) is going to check Google's Gmail for signs of unfair competition. The news leaked to the media Tuesday, and was later confirmed by FAS via its official Twitter account. "Google's robot reads users' letter to offer them targeted contextual ads. We'll check Google", the tweet said.

  • N 12 February 2013

    YouTube sues Russian consumer rights authority

    YouTube LLC has filed a suit against Russia's Federal service on customers' rights protection and human well-being surveillance, more often referred to as Rospotrebnadzor. The lawsuit was registered by Moscow's Arbitrary Court. Google's Russian office said it wanted to challenge Rospotrebnadzor's decision to classify one of the videos hosted on YouTube as harmful for children, and to add it to the 'black list' of banned websites.

  • N 1 February 2013

    Government bodies to publish 500 open data items by mid-2013

    Government bodies to publish 500 open data items by mid-2013

    Four Russian federal-level government bodies have published roughly 50 items of open data in machine-readable format; and by next Summer, ten times as much information will be made available to the public.

  • N 18 January 2013

    Law requiring open data publication to be passed by Duma

    Law requiring open data publication to be passed by Duma

    Russia's government bodies may soon be required by law to publish reports on their work on the Internet in the form of open data. A bill amending the country's law governing access to information related to authorities' work was submitted earlier to the State Duma and has already passed the first reading.

  • N 16 January 2013

    PM instructs government to aid Internet and IT advancement

    PM instructs government to aid Internet and IT advancement

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has instructed several government bodies to oversee and stimulate advancement of modern communications and IT in the country. Tasks assigned to various ministries by Medvedev are to be completed by mid-2013.

  • N 16 January 2013

    Apple sued by Russian Railways

    Apple sued by Russian Railways

    State-operated Russian Railways (RzhD) have sued Apple for allegedly infringing its trademark. According to RZhD, its registered logo was used without permission in several applications available in AppStore. The suitor wants 2 m rubles (roughly $ 65,000) for the infringement.