MOSCOW, April 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s companies from the US sanction list “at worst” may be stripped of the licences on software of American developers, deputy head of the main department for security and information protection of the Russian Central Bank Artyom Sychyov told ITAR-TASS.
“There is the risk that the companies on which sanctions are imposed may lose technical support and at worst - the right to use software licences of foreign, as a rule, American, developers,” Sychyov said.
He explained that the possibility of revocation of the software licence depends on the terms of a concrete contract. “As for the technical support, despite the fact that the support in Russia is provided, as a rule, by Russian system integrators, there may be problems with updating software, including updates that are critical from the viewpoint of information security,” Sychyov said.
Gazety.ru reported on Wednesday that Microsoft, Oracle, Symantec and Hewlett-Packard have joined the American sanctions and are preparing for switching off the software for the companies that are put on the sanctions list.
On April 28, the United States expanded the list of persons and companies on which sanctions are imposed. The United States included in it seven officials and 17 companies. The blacklisted persons are: Russia's presidential envoy to the Crimean Federal District Oleg Belaventsev, Rostec Director General Sergei Chemezov, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, head of the Federal Protective Service (FSO), General Yevgeny Murov, chairman of the international affairs committee of the State Duma lower house of Russian parliament Alexei Pushkov, Rosneft head Igor Sechin, first deputy head of the Russian presidential administration Vyacheslav Volodin. The list also includes the following companies: Aquanika (OOO Russkoye Vremya, Moscow and the Nizhny Novgorod region), OOO Avia Group (Sheremetyevo), OOO Avia Group Nord (St. Petersburg), JSC ZEST (St. Petersburg), InvestCapitalBank (Ufa), Sobinbank (Moscow), OOO Sakhatrans (Vanino), Moscow-based Bank Severny Morskoi Put (Northern Sea Route), OOO Stroigazmontazh (Moscow), OOO Investment Company Abros (St. Petersburg), OOO Transoil (St. Petersburg), Volga Group (Luxemboug), Stroitransgaz Holding (Nicosia, Cyprus) and its four subsidiaries.
First stage of US sanctions against Russia
The USA imposed sanctions against Russia in response to its stance over Crimea’s status. March 17, the USA announced a black list including 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials. In March and April, the list has been expanded several times. To date, the list includes several dozens of people, who, as US authorities believe, undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In addition, the USA has suspended cooperation with Russia in the field of combating drug trafficking and in the space industry (except for the International Space Station project), and introduced restrictions for supplying military and double-purpose products to Russia.