Assistant to the President supported the idea of slowing down access to sites

Igor Shchegolev

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The Russian presidential aide Igor Shchegolev said in an interview with RBC that supports the idea of slowing down the access speed to the websites of companies that do not comply with the Russian legislation. But he opposes their full lock

“While no country in the world has not found adequate methods for rapid and effective dialogue with the major Internet companies. Of course, we have the search tools, how to convince them to comply with Russian legislation, the decisions of our government and courts,” — said Igor Shchegolev in an interview with RBC, answering the question about the idea of reducing the speed of access to sites whose owners violate the laws.

As reported by “Vedomosti” in mid-March, citing its sources, the government intends to amend the existing governing documents and the amendments will allow to slow down access to the sites of Russian and foreign companies that violate the legislation of Russia. According to the newspaper, is considered as a variant of “reducing the transmission speed of telecommunications” and the blocking of Internet resources. In particular, the lock can be made in case of repeated violation.

However, Igor Shchegolev called full lock “drastic”. “If one of the measures is considered possible and advisable a traffic slowdown, it may be, remind the world of the giants, who are keen to abuse their dominant position in our market and are in no hurry to fulfill the decision of the Russian authorities”, — said the assistant to the President.

As explained by the sources of “Vedomosti”, the idea of the bill was born during the discussion of the case of the Federal Antimonopoly service against Google. At the end of 2015, the FAS found the company violated the law “On competition” and has ordered to eliminate the violation: allow the smartphone manufacturers to preinstall Google’s services alternative companies on devices running the Android operating system (also owned by Google). The case was instituted on the complaint of “Yandex”, which was pre-installed on Android smartphones its search and other services competing with Google.

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