The Russian government has submitted to the State Duma a bill on the creation of a national app store.
According to the officials, it will be mandatory to pre–install on various gadgets – primarily smartphones. In the store itself, software from the list will be presented, which will be approved by the “federal executive authority that performs the functions of regulatory and legal regulation in the field of information technology.”
As noted, the installation of such an application store on mobile devices “will ensure fault tolerance and uninterrupted provision of Internet services, private and public services to Russian citizens without spending the federal budget.”
In the current situation, Apple and Google app stores have begun to impose restrictions on users from the Russian Federation. In particular, the client programs of a number of Russian banks that have fallen under Western sanctions have become unavailable at these sites. Google has also banned developers from Russia from uploading paid applications to the store.