Dilemma: Federation Council forces law on preferences of Russian software, and Western IT companies require deferment

    On October 22, Megamind wrote that the government’s apparatus has not yet completed the consideration of the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Media projects on supporting Russian software developers. The Federation Council intends to accelerate this process.

    In mid-summer, the president signed a law supporting domestic programmers. Starting January 1, 2016, the state customer will have to argue its choice in favor of foreign software if its Russian counterparts are in a specially created register of domestic software. The law so far affects only state bodies. The government should have issued an appropriate regulation governing the maintenance of the register.

    The secretary of the Commission for the Development of the Information Society of the Council of the Federation Alexander Shepilov calls the register of domestic software the main regulatory tool, without it the law will not be executed.

    Who could benefit from delaying a registry decision and delaying the entry into force of a law?

    Mr. Shepilov with all his might hopes that the document will be sent for signing to the Prime Minister no later than the beginning of November. “If this does not happen, we are ready to bring the problem to the level of the chairman of the Federation Council, or personally the chairman of the government, or even the leader of the state,” he warns.

    On the other hand, the largest foreign IT companies represented by the Director General of the Association of European Businesses ( AEB) Frank Schauff is asked to postpone the date of entry into force of the law from January 1 to July 1, 2016. Over the past six months, the association has invited Russian departments to develop joint criteria for the localization of foreign IT companies in Russia, so that their software can also be included in the unified register of Russian software.

    Mr. Schauff also notes that “European business has made significant investments in the Russian Federation in the last decade and planned to invest in the future,” but now foreign IT companies can suspend investment programs and even leave the Russian market in the face of fuzzy rules of the game, quotes his words “ Kommersant. "

    What is this “fuzzy" of rules from the point of view of AEB? In the case of the Federation Council, it is clear that the incomprehensible slowness of the government with the preparation of the registry may be perceived as a manifestation of fuzziness. Each has its own idea of ​​fuzziness. It turns out that the AEB is advantageous by the vagueness of the government, which categorically does not suit the Federation Council.

    Perhaps the AEB does not understand the wording on the ban on foreign software for state and municipal needs "in order to protect the domestic market of the Russian Federation, develop the national economy, and support Russian producers." Perhaps, it seems to foreign companies that in this wording and in the entire text of the law there is no abundance of details for which it would be possible to cling to and turn the situation in their favor?

    If the Federation Council and AEB have deliberately taken opposite positions and are pulling the process in different directions, then let the strongest win.

    The desire of foreign companies to preserve the Russian market and the flow of money is understandable and predictable, says Evgeny Vasilenko , executive director of the software development association "Domestic Software" .

    “It should be noted that foreign IT companies participate in sanctions against our enterprises and constituent entities of the federation. And against this background, they are trying to prevent the support and development of their software industry in Russia. It is not possible to localize software; this is not the construction of factories. The opening of foreign product development centers in Russia does not make the software controlled by Russia, ”she argues.

    The head of the Internet Development Institute ( IRI ) German Klimenko commented on the situation in a very concise manner: “A common attempt to bargain.”

    Rostelecom Vice President Alexei Basov commented on the situation with AEB on his Facebook page:

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