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Russian lawmakers are proposing the creation of a local software is required on smart phones

FILE PHOTO: A customer is testing a smartphone with the launch of the new iPhone, the XS and the XS to the Max, sales at re:Store-Apple authorised reseller store in Moscow, Russia, on September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva -File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian lawmakers want to make it a legal requirement for all phones, computers, and smart TV sets sold in europe will come pre-installed with some of the Russian software in an effort to support the domestic software producers, according to a draft law.

The bill was submitted to the lower house of parliament on Thursday, enables the authorities to draw up a list of the compulsory, locally-made software. If passed, it would take effect in July, by the year 2020.

Russia’s mobile phone market is dominated by Apple, Samsung, and Huawei’s products.

The bill also proposes to levy a fine on the companies that are selling the devices without pre-installed a Russian software from 50,000 to 200,000 rubles ($790-3,170), from January 2021.

The proposal will become law if it is supported by three votes in the lower house of the parliament, and then approved by the upper house and President Vladimir Putin.

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service and the communication department did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Russia has introduced tougher Internet laws in the past five years, with the search engines to remove search results, messaging services, and to share the encryption keys with the security services, and social networks to store user data on servers located inside the country.

($1 = 63.0265 rubles)

Reporting Nadezhda Tsydenova, and Anton Zverev; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Katya Golubkova and raissa Kasolowsky

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