Foreigners will limit participation in the online cinemas

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By 1 June 2017 the share of foreign ownership in the popular online cinemas should be below 20%. The corresponding bill submitted to the Duma

Deputies Andrei Lugovoi and Samail sarailiev introduced in the state Duma amendments to the laws “On information, information technologies and about information protection”, “On protection of children from information harmful to their health and development”, “On basic guarantees of electoral rights and the right to participate in referendum of citizens of the Russian Federation” and the Code of administrative offences.

The amendments introduce a prohibition of foreign ownership in excess of 20% over the organizers of audiovisual services, whose daily audience in the course of a month is more than 100 thousand users in the whole territory of Russia and more than 20 thousand users in the same region of the country. Audiovisual services such attendance should be included in a special register.

The law will enter into force on 1 March 2017, except for provisions about the ownership structure. The organizers of audiovisual services will have to bring it into line with the requirements by July 1, 2017.
Now a limit of 20% for foreign participation applies to media owners.

Initially, the proposal to extend such requirements on audio-visual services are made Mediacommunications Union (ISS). It includes major players in media and Telecom sectors, including national media group, “Gazprom-Media”, “STS Media”. Thus, the Union hoped to protect national content. Initially, however, the ISS bill also contained a requirement for mandatory identification of users of instant messengers. But in the version of amendments submitted to the Duma on Friday, November 25, messengers are not mentioned.

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