The Ministry of communications has denied the information about the order of Putin to support operators

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The data on compensation to communication operators of expenses on the implementation of “Spring package”, which previously wrote the newspaper “Vedomosti”, are rumors, said the head of the Ministry Nikolai Nikiforov

The head of the Ministry of communications of Russia Nikolay Nikiforov in an interview with “RIA Novosti” called rumors information about the compensation to communication operators of expenses on the implementation of “Spring package”. “This is a rumor… not true,” he said.

On 7 February, “Vedomosti” wrote that President Vladimir Putin instructed the Cabinet to support the expense of the reserve Fund operators in the implementation of “Spring package” with “the need to prevent the growth of tariffs for communications services above the level of inflation.” According to the newspaper, this is the order of the President referred to the Ministry of communications in the discussion on the official portal of legal information, but then all the comments of the office with reference to enclosed instructions of the President have been removed from the portal.

The newspaper also reviewed the letter of the Deputy Minister of economic development Nikolay Podguzova to the government, where he offered to compensate the operators of the expenditure from the Fund of universal communication services. According to the publication, the Fund is not enough, since all the operators to deduct 1,2% of revenue, and in 2016 he collected 14.8 billion RUB.

On the same day the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that he was unaware of the instruction of the head of state to offset the costs of operators on the implementation of the “Spring package”. He drew attention to the fact that when Putin signed the package of laws “he has signed a list of instructions to develop measures to minimize potential material negative consequences for operators.”

The package of anti-terrorist amendments, prepared by the Deputy of the state Duma Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov, was signed by President Vladimir Putin in the summer of 2016. Under the agreement, mobile operators are required to keep all records of calls and any messages sent between users within six months, and metadata — within three years.

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After the law was passed by the Parliament on 24 June last year, the heads of the “big four” mobile operators — MTS, MegaFon, VimpelCom and Tele2 — have written to the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko with the request not to take “Spring package”. The letter stated that the storage of message content subscribers will cost 2.2 trillion rubles., while tariffs for communication will grow “greatly”.

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