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Share and manage. Why even a relaxed law on foreign owners is dangerous for online cinemas in Russia
State Duma Deputy Anton Gorelkin finalized the sensational bill on limiting the share of foreigners in online cinemas. Now the restrictions for foreign owners have disappeared from it. But experts interviewed by Sekret warn that if adopted, this document could play a cruel joke and force foreign majors to leave the Russian market.
In recent years, the legislative power of the Russian Federation has followed the path of tightening and establishing widespread control over the activities of foreign services on the territory of the Russian
1. Will the amendments really open up new opportunities for ILV - if so, which ones?

Of course, the proposed amendments, in fact, open up additional opportunities for the supervisory authority.

The proposed amendments consolidate the provisions according to which Roskomnadzor will prepare proposals for the recognition of websites, computer programs (which can be an online cinema application), informational systems as a significant Internet resource. The final decision on whether to recognize a website or a program as a significant information resource remains with the government commission, but the proposal for such recognition is made by Roskomnadzor.

In addition, the proposed amendments also provide a large list of powers of the government commission itself, created to consider Roskomnadzor's proposals on recognizing a particular information resource as significant.

Roskomnadzor is also empowered to record significant information resources.

2. Can this be called another consistent step in regulating the work of foreign services on the territory of the Russian Federation?

In recent years, the legislative power of the Russian Federation has followed the path of tightening and establishing widespread control over the activities of foreign services on the territory of the Russian Federation, and the law under consideration, in this case, is undoubtedly another step towards total regulation of the work of foreign services in our country.

The proposed restrictions can be applied to the wording - "regulation of the work of foreign services on the territory of the Russian Federation", since the proposed amendments just fix a number of restrictions that must be met by foreign Internet resources, including online cinemas.

For example, technical means of information resources recognized as significant on the territory of the Russian Federation should be located on the territory of the Russian Federation. The activities of a significant information resource owned by a foreign company should be managed by an official representative office registered in the territory of the Russian Federation.

3. Which majors can leave the Russian market if the bill is adopted in a new, revised form?

Until the law comes into legal force and is implemented in practice, it is difficult to talk about its burdensomeness for foreign information resources and about which of them will leave the Russian market. We can only assume that this will be done by those companies for which it will be difficult to comply with the requirements of the new law for financial reasons, or for any other reason, including those related to the internal policy of the company. When assessing the prospects for the departure of a number of companies from the Russian market after the entry into force of the new law, one should not forget that the Russian market, for many Western companies, is not a key or any significant market, which means that their departure is not will entail any serious financial losses for them.