According to reports, the video conferencing company told Russian publishers to stop selling subscription programs to Russian state agencies, and a member of the ruling party in Russia proposed a ban on zooming on Wednesday.
The Russian daily Kommersant said that Zoom prohibits publishers from selling its services to state-owned companies and institutions, citing a letter from RightConf, the regional representative of Zoom, dated March 31.
Zoom and RightConf did not immediately comment.
The RIA news agency quoted a lawmaker as saying: “Russia is not an advocate of sanctions, but if Zoom makes such a decision on state institutions and companies, then it is possible to block services on our territory under reciprocal and symmetric measures.” United Russia The party’s Alexander Bashkin said in the House of Lords.
The quarrel comes at a time when the United States is threatened with more sanctions for allegedly interfering in the US election and cyber hacking (Moscow denies the accusation) and Russia’s threats against foreign Internet companies’ failure to remove so-called banned content.
The Kremlin said it has used Zoom for some international video calls, but President Vladimir Putin rarely uses the service and can find other solutions.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on the conference call: “In general, we are concerned about why Russian state institutions and higher education institutions are now losing expansion of existing contracts and entering into new contracts. I feel sorry and confused about the opportunity.”
He did not mention the possibility of a Zoom ban.
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