Google, Yahoo and WhatsApp might be banned for Russian officials
09:26, 6 October 2015

Google, Yahoo and WhatsApp might be banned for Russian officials

Authors of the draft law in such a way expect to secure government employees from the underhand practices of foreign intelligence services

09:26, 6 October 2015


In the State Duma of Russian Federation in the near future a bill on prohibiting state employees to use for work-related purposes internet services Google, Yahoo and WhatsApp is to be introduced, Russian newspaper “Izvestia” reports.

The initiative was put forward by the head of the public organization "Defend Russia" Mikhail Marchenko and State Duma deputy, the head of legal service of the Communist Party Vadim Solovyov.

"The bill proposes to amend the law "On State Civil Service of the Russian Federation ", in Art. 17" The prohibitions related to the civil service ", expanding it with the words: " Due to the passage of the civil service, civil servant is prohibited to use for official purposes  foreign services Google, Yahoo and WhatsApp ". It is also proposed to amend the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation with the kinds of penalties, ranging from fines and up to dismissal from office of civil servants,” newspaper reported citing Marchenko.

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According to the authors, the officials did not hear the statement of the Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Patrushev, who urged them to give up foreign services due to the fact that in these systems was found a software of foreign intelligence services.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in 2014 in the country more than 300 agents of foreign intelligence services were eliminated.

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