Russian PM bans buying foreign software for government use


Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev has banned officials from procuring foreign software products for government use. Mr Medvedev signed a degree, available at the Russian government’s official website, denying clearance for all foreign software to be procured for state and municipal needs.

‘The present decree makes all foreign software products inadmissible in government and municipal procurement schemes’ notes the accompanying statement.

The document explains that officials will now have to consider only Russian-made software products, with the exception of cases where no functionally and technically adequate Russian software is available.

The briefing statement further clarifies that the relevant law provides for a unified Russian computer and database software register.

‘The ban applies to all software not listed in the register’ explains the document.
The same decree contains details of how the register is to be created and maintained.