Microsoft, along with a host of other technology companies are taking an exit stage left from Russia, amid the new law requested by President Vladimir Putin has come into action.
But apparently, companies like Microsoft, Google and Adobe have decided to move out of the country, with Facebook and Twitter set to follow suit in the near future. Microsoft made the decision to move its Skype development team from Moscow to Prague, for example.
Adobe is abandoning Russian operations entirely, explaining that they can do all they need via cloud, and have no need of a local headquarter.
Google, as noted here, is also giving up on its Russian R&D center, and has relocated all its engineers that were based in the country.
Putin requested this new regulation that forces technology companies to store data on local servers earlier this year, and these new laws come into effect tomorrow.
In his words:
“The Internet began initially when the Internet first appeared as a special CIA project and is still being developed that way. The rest is what has made it to the market and has developed to huge proportions. Nevertheless it is initially a military program, a special program, and special services are still at the centre of things.”
Still, technology and politics mixing up this way is not a new trend — it’s only now that things are getting serious in several regions around the world.
Putin obviously wants more government control over the Internet in Russia, but with so many companies leaving the country, it is sure to make things just that much more difficult for those that opt to stay. We shall see.