PBN H+K is happy to announce the last edition of our Policy Matters series for 2016. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary on the Russian market, we have placed a particular focus on policy analysis for businesses. The December issue is devoted to regulation of the internet in Russia, examining the results of legislative activity in 2016 and looking ahead to changes expected in 2017.

International businesses can no longer rely on a wait-and-see strategy toward internet regulation in Russia. Moscow has identified digital sovereignty as an overall policy goal, exemplified by a new doctrine and implementation strategy on information security. Much has changed since 2014, when the first internet-related legislation impacting business was passed. The Personal Data Localization law of that year has now been used to block access to LinkedIn in Russia – the first time a major international company has been affected. The Russian government’s long-term policy agenda for the internet is underpinned by three pillars: security, import substitution, and tax. Businesses must take these factors into account as they face further regulatory changes in Russia.

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