All Russian phones and computers will now come pre-installed with local software. The decision was made mandatory after Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law to regulate it. Claimed to be the promotion for a Russian-made software, the legislation will come to act from July 2020. After Putin signed the law, a list of Russian products and applications will be made for pre-installation in the gadgets. Russia has been taking several measures to control the tech sector. Earlier on November 1, the country regulated a law requiring local internet providers to install devices provided by authorities to enable centralized control of traffic.
The move has been dubbed as "anti-Apple" as this will force the US tech giant to install the non-US app on its phones. This was never forced upon the company before by any other country. Russia earlier forced Apple to add the Crimea peninsula under the Russian map and also on weather apps. The issue was sparked by Ukraine after which Apple said that it had to adjust its approach.