Roskomnadzor, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media of Russia, represented by its leader Alexander Zharov asked Facebook, Twitter, and Google to follow the requirements of the Russian legislation, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian newspaper Izvestia.
According to Zharov, if these social networks continue their "illegal actions" in Russia, the law will make it possible to impose sanctions against the companies. So, the management of the social networks can be fined, and the accounts with illegal information can be blocked. Zharov expressed his claims to the Facebook, Twitter and Google in the letters sent on May 18 to Thomas Christensen, Facebook Director for Relations with state power bodies in Northern and Eastern Europe and Russia, Sinead McSweeney, Twitter Director for public policy in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Google CEO Larry Page. Vadim Ampelonsky, the official speaker for Roskomnadzor confirmed sending these letters.
"Such letters have become a regular practice in our communication with the foreign internet companies. Usually after sending such letters there is some progress in communicating. We hope that in this case, the companies will respond and fulfill the demands we have repeatedly sent," said Ampelonsky.