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by Sofija Rankovic

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On Tuesday, Russian government internet watchdog Roskomnadzor (insist) US-based social networking website Facebook (comply) with law #242 on personal data of users in order to continue (operate) in the country. Per law #242, user data of Russian citizens be (host) on local servers — the rule which business-oriented networking site LinkedIn (not agree) to, for which LinkedIn (eventually, block) in the country.

Roskomnadzor's head, Aleksandr Zharov, (say) , "The law is mandatory for everyone. In any case, we (make) sure the law (carry out), or else the company will stop (work) in Russia, as regretfully (happen) to Linkedin. There (be) no exceptions here" . Nikolay Nikiforov, the communication minister, in remarks to RIA Novosti (say) Facebook (block) by the authorities in the country if they (not comply) with the rules. On Tuesday, Russian president Vladmir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov (say), "this (be) a business company that (make) money and that (do) this in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation. There are laws that (observe)".

However, the watchdog (say) Facebook (block) until next year. Zharov said, "We (not have) Facebook in our 2017 inspections schedule in this direction. In 2018 we (think) about it and maybe we (launch) an inspection."

Law #242 (come) into effect on September 1, 2015. Russian websites like LiveJournal,,, Yandex, and Rambler (already, fulfil) this requirement. In April, Twitter (announce, move) personal data to Russian servers by mid-2018.

Adapted from: Russia asks Facebook to comply with personal data policy
Photo credit: Moscow, Russia by Thomas Depenbusch