Sanctions against Russia: exceptions from the USA

Cyberwar digital economy The US government allows software, hardware and technologies that allow citizens to access the Internet to be exported and sold in Russia.

President Biden had banned the export of numerous products to Russia in response to the invasion of Ukraine. The United States has now decided to make some exceptions to allow US companies to export hardware and software related to telecommunications services. The goal is to avoid the isolation of Russian citizens from the Internet. Citizens need to access information The updated version of the sanctions allows US companies to export, sell and supply software, hardware and IT technologies for Internet communications, as well as web hosting and domain name registration services. However, there is still a ban on signing commercial agreements with some Russian institutions, such as the central bank and the ministry of finance. The official document does not explain why, but the relaxation of restrictions was almost certainly introduced to allow Russians to access Western sources of information. Facebook, Instagram and various media have been censored by the government to offer citizens a single truth about the war, that of Putin. Roskomsvoboda, a Russian organization for digital rights, had asked Western companies to "guarantee network connectivity and unhindered access to the Internet and global services for the Russian people and for all Ukrainian citizens residing in Russia". In practice, the sanctions related to communications will have negative consequences for citizens, favoring the creation of a closed Internet, where only news selected by the government circulates, as happens in China. That is why many Russians are looking for solutions to bypass the blockades and access Western sources. Source: Bleeping Computer