IT firms must have Russian office: Putin

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Overseas IT firms will be obliged to open an office on Russian territory under a new law introduced by President Vladimir Putin.

A document published by the government on Thursday outlined the latest move by Moscow to exert greater control over 'big tech'.

Russia is keen to strengthen its control of the internet and reduce dependence on foreign companies and countries.

Moscow has fined IT firms for failing to delete content it says is illegal, slowing down the speed of Twitter as punishment, and on Wednesday opened a new case against Google for alleged breaches of personal data legislation.

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