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Officials may be banned from using foreign apps - newspaper

May 30, 5:38 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Restrictions may cover Gmail from Google and popular messengers, such as WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, and Telegram
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MOSCOW, May 30. /TASS/. Russia’s Economic Development Ministry has proposed to ban officials and military officials from using applications of foreign developers for working contacts, the Kommersant newspaper said on Monday.

The corresponding proposal was already sent to the Russian president, the newspaper noted. "For working contacts, it is planned to use only Russian messengers. This positions was coordinated with the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications, Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Institute of Development of Internet," a representative of the Economic Development Ministry Elena Lashkina told Kommersant.

Restrictions may cover Gmail from Google and popular messengers, such as WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, and Telegram.

The ministry also plans to include in the ban purchasing services for creating and servicing informational systems and purchasing foreign equipment if they are domestic analogues.

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