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Russia's Nabiullina: Now is the time to raise interest rates
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.93   time to read: +2 min
MOSCOW, June 15 (Reuters) - Russia’s central bank will continue raising interest rates in response to rising inflation and does not expect this to hinder economic growth, Governor Elvira Nabiullina said on Tuesday, days after the bank hiked its key rate to 5.5%. Nabiullina said the central bank’s primary tool, monetary policy, cools and heats the economy in much the same way that clothes regulate body temperature. And monetary policy can be roughly compared to seasonal clothes - in the cold we put on coats, summer dresses will hang in the wardrobe until the next summer season,” she said. “It is exactly the same with monetary policy - it responds to the situation in the economy, to what is happening, and helps to achieve stability. (Reporting by Elena Fabrichnaya; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Pravin Char)
Persons: Elvira Nabiullina, ” Nabiullina, Nabiullina, , Elena Fabrichnaya, Alexander Marrow, Pravin Char Organizations: State Duma, Wealth Fund Locations: MOSCOW, State, Russia
Kremlin critic Gudkov sees arrest as bid to bar him from election run
  + stars: | 2021-06-05 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Russian opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov speaks to the media after being released from custody in Moscow, Russia June 3, 2021. Gudkov, a former lawmaker, was detained on Tuesday over an allegedly unpaid debt on a rented property dating from several years ago. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva/File PhotoRussian opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov, held in custody for two days this week, has accused authorities of arresting him and other Kremlin critics on trumped-up charges in a bid to stop them running in September's parliamentary election. The Kremlin has said recent arrests of politicians such as Gudkov have nothing to do with politics, and denies trying to clear the field of political opponents. Gudkov's arrest on Tuesday coincided with that of Andrei Pivovarov, another opposition figure, who was removed from a flight about to leave for Poland.
Persons: Dmitry Gudkov, Tatyana Makeyeva, Gudkov, Andrei Pivovarov, Pivovarov, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin Organizations: Police, Reuters, State Duma, Kremlin, Open, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, September's, State, Poland, Open Russia
Putin inks law to ban 'extremists' from elections amid Navalny crackdown
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with leaders of the United Russia party via a video conference in Sochi, Russia June 2, 2021. Putin's approval of the law comes days before a court will consider outlawing Navalny's anti-corruption foundation and regional campaign groups on the grounds they are extremist. Russia has in the past labelled as "extremist" neo-Nazi and far-right groups, Islamist organisations and the Jehovah's Witnesses. read moreIf Russia formally declares Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation and regional groups extremist, authorities will gain the formal power to jail activists and freeze their bank accounts. The case has already prompted Navalny's allies to disband the regional groups.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Sergei Ilyin, Alexei Navalny, Lyubol Sobol, Putin, Navalny, Navalny's Organizations: United, Sputnik, REUTERS, Friday, State Duma, Nazi, Corruption Foundation, Thomson Locations: United Russia, Sochi, Russia, Kremlin, State
Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives the 16th annual end-of-year news conference via video link to the World Trade Centre. But there are doubts whether the summit can achieve much, given the poor state of relations. Sen. Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, was among those voicing disapproval of the Biden-Putin summit. In a statement, the Nebraska Republican asked: "We're rewarding Putin with a summit?" Low trust, low ambitionsNonetheless, there are question marks over whether anything substantial can be achieved between Putin and Biden, given the low degree of trust between the leaders.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Sergei Bobylev, Joe Biden, Alexei Navalny, Alexander Lukashenko, Sen, Ben Sasse, Putin, Lukashenko, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Tursa, Biden, Daragh McDowell, Maplecroft, Trump's, Roman Protasevich, McDowell Organizations: World Trade, TASS, Russian, Belarus, Intelligence, Biden, Putin, Nebraska Republican, House Press, Moscow Analysts, Moscow, Teneo Intelligence, CNBC, Duma, NATO, Russia — Locations: Minsk, Russia, U.S, Switzerland, Russian, Eastern Europe, Moscow, Washington, Europe, Belgium, Helsinki, Crimea, Ukraine, Belarus, Belarusian, Afghanistan
Russian prosecutor seeks to ban Dolce & Gabbana same-sex kiss ads
  + stars: | 2021-05-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
MOSCOW/MILAN (Reuters) - A Russian prosecutor has called for Dolce & Gabbana Instagram advertisements showing same-sex couples kissing to be banned in the country following a lawmaker’s complaint about them, the prosecutor’s office said on Monday. Dolce & Gabbana declined to comment on the case. On May 14, the press service for the St Petersburg courts said the prosecutor had filed a claim asking for one of the Dolce & Gabbana Instagram ads showing two girls kissing to be banned in Russia. On Monday, the press service said the prosecutor’s ban request included a second Dolce & Gabbana Instagram image showing two young men kissing. However it said the prosecutor’s claim has not progressed yet because it had not fulfilled certain administrative requirements, including providing documents supporting the claim.
Persons: Mikhail Romanov, Gabbana Organizations: Dolce, Gabbana, United, Duma, St Locations: MOSCOW, MILAN, Russian, United Russia, Petersburg, Russia, St Petersburg, China
Capital Calls: Scor succession mess may have M&A silver lining
  + stars: | 2021-05-18 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
A woman holds euro bank notes in Bern, Switzerland, January 16, 2015. Scor’s (SCOR.PA) botched succession could yet have a happy M&A ending. If shareholders feel befuddled, spare a thought for poor Benoit Ribadeau-Dumas: the man only became deputy CEO in January as a prerequisite to replace Kessler in 2022. The rushed appointment of 42-year-old Rousseau, a former JPMorgan (JPM.N) investment banker, is compounded by Kessler remaining as chairman. The debacle might persuade Covea, which already owns 8% of Scor, to take another look.
Persons: Laurent Rousseau, Denis Kessler, Benoit Ribadeau, Dumas, Kessler, Rousseau, Covea, Christopher Thompson Organizations: JPMorgan, Covea, Heineken Locations: Bern, Switzerland, Italy
Russia moves to bar Navalny allies from parliamentary race
  + stars: | 2021-05-18 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Tatyana MakeyevaRussia's parliament approved a bill on Tuesday that would bar members of "extremist" organisations from serving as lawmakers, a move that allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny say aims to stop them running in September's parliamentary election. Sobol described the bill on Twitter as an "unconstitutional" attempt to bar her from running in the election this September. If Russia formally declares Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation and regional groups extremist, authorities will gain the formal power to jail activists and freeze their bank accounts. The case has already prompted Navalny's allies to disband the regional groups. Navalny's allies say the extremism allegations are an attempt to blunt their political opposition to United Russia at the parliamentary election.
Persons: Lyubov, Alexei Navalny, Tatyana Makeyeva Russia's, Sobol, Vladimir Putin, Vasily Piskarev, Navalny's Organizations: REUTERS, State Duma, Twitter, United, Corruption Foundation, United Russia, Thomson Locations: Russian, Moscow, Russia, September's, State, United Russia
Russia's New Stalin Center evokes pride, and revulsion
  + stars: | 2021-05-17 | by ( Anna Nemtsova | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +9 min
BOR, Russia — A few dozen people crowded around a new monument to Josef Stalin in this provincial town in central Russia. To others, however, Stalin represents an era of fear and repression that seems all-too familiar in Russia today. People watch the laying the first stone in the foundations of the Stalin Center in Bor, Nizhny Novgorod. “Stalin, wake up!” an old man in the crowd yelled, as if addressing a statue of the deceased dictator. All they can do is rob people.”In Russia’s current political climate, such criticism of Putin often leads to arrests.
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Foreign IT firms must open offices in Russia under new draft law - lawmaker
  + stars: | 2021-05-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Foreign technology companies will be forced to open offices in Russia or face penalties such as advertising bans under draft legislation, a senior lawmaker said on Thursday, in a fresh move by Moscow to exert greater control over Big Tech. Russia is keen to strengthen control of the internet and reduce its dependence on foreign companies and countries. It has imposed a punitive slowdown on social network Twitter over its failure to delete content Moscow says is illegal. read moreApple (AAPL.O), Facebook (FB.O), TikTok and Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google are among other companies to have come under fire from Russian authorities. A law came into force in April obliging smart devices to offer Russian software upon activation.
Persons: Alexander Khinshtein Organizations: Big Tech, Twitter, Facebook, Google, State Duma, Thomson Locations: Russia, Moscow
Russia should get firms to pay environmental fines from profits, says PM
  + stars: | 2021-05-12 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Russia should get companies to pay compensation for environmental damage from their net profits rather than expenses after Nornickel's payment of a $2 billion fine for a fuel spill reduced its tax base, the prime minister said on Wednesday. Nornickel (GMKN.MM) paid the unprecedented environmental fine for last year's spill in March. The was made to Russia's federal budget, not to the Siberian Krasnoyarsk region, where the metals miner is a major taxpayer. Russian companies normally pay a 20% profit tax, of which 3% goes to the federal budget and 17% to regional ones. Nornickel's 2020 net profit fell by 39% to $3.6 billion.
Persons: Mikhail Mishustin, Mishustin Organizations: Duma, Thomson Locations: Russia, Siberian Krasnoyarsk, Norilsk, Krasnoyarsk
Putin submits legislation on Russian withdrawal from Open Skies treaty
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.91   time to read: +1 min
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow, Russia April 21, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERSRussian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday submitted legislation to parliament to formalise a Russian exit from the Open Skies treaty, a pact that allows unarmed surveillance flights over member countries. The United States left the Open Skies arms control and verification treaty in November in one of Donald Trump's final acts as president. read moreKremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday said one of the reasons behind Russia's planned withdrawal was that the United States was still able to receive information acquired through the Open Skies treaty from its NATO allies. Putin on Tuesday submitted a document to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, proposing that Russia exit the treaty, filings on the Duma website showed.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Donald Trump's, Washington, Dmitry Peskov, Russia's, Putin, Leonid Slutsky, Slutsky Organizations: Federal Assembly, Sputnik, REUTERS, United, NATO, State Duma, Duma, Federation Council, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, Kremlin, formalise, United States
PRAGUE — The Czech Republic said on Sunday it had informed NATO and European Union allies about suspected Russian involvement in a 2014 ammunition depot explosion and the matter would be addressed at an E.U. 's executive commission confirmed remarks by acting Czech Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek on Twitter that the dispute would be addressed during a previously schedule E.U. The United States and Britain said they stood in full solidarity with the Czech Republic in the dispute with Russia. A statement by the U.S. Embassy in Prague said on Saturday Washington "stands with its steadfast ally, the Czech Republic. The Kremlin’s relations with many NATO members, most of whom are in the E.U., as well as the United States are more strained that at any time since the Cold War.
Persons: Vladimir Dzhabarov, Leonid Slutsky, Jan Hamacek, Alexander Petrov, Ruslan Boshirov, Sergei Skripal, Yulia, Novichok, Dominic Raab, Czech, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin Organizations: NATO, European Union, Russian, State Duma's, United, Twitter, U.S, Embassy, NBC Locations: PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Czech, United States, Russian, Russia, Prague, English, Salisbury, Moscow, Britain, Washington, Crimea, Ukraine
Russian lawmakers call for lower pension age ahead of election
  + stars: | 2021-04-07 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Putin, who once promised to never raise the retirement age, approved a gradual pension age increase in October 2018 despite mass street protests and public discontent as Russia sought ways to relieve pressure on the state budget. “We propose returning the pension age to the previous level,” RIA quoted Sergei Mironov of Just Russia as saying. This is our committed position.”Mironov’s initiative comes months before September elections to the lower house of parliament, or the Duma, where Russia’s ruling United Russia party, which also supports Putin, has the majority. Russia’s current pension reform envisages a gradual increase of the retirement age to 65 from 60 for men and to 63 from 55 for women. The retirement age increases became one of the most unpopular government measures since a 2005 move to scrap Soviet-era benefits and have shaved around 15 percentage points off Putin’s popularity rating.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Putin, RIA, Sergei Mironov, , Andrey Ostroukh Organizations: Russia, Duma Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, United Russia
(CNN) "Promising Young Woman" and "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" led the way at the 73rd annual Writers Guild of America Awards on Sunday. *Winner"Better Call Saul," written by Ann Cherkis, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Ariel Levine, Heather Marion, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith, Alison Tatlock; AMC. *Winner"Bad Choice Road" (Better Call Saul), written by Thomas Schnauz; AMC. "JMM" (Better Call Saul), written by Alison Tatlock; AMC. "Something Unforgivable" (Better Call Saul), written by Peter Gould and Ariel Levine; AMC.
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Before he returned to Russia, opposition politician Alexei Navalny and his supporters had anticipated he would be arrested and planned to force the Kremlin to release him by staging repeated protests, a close ally has said. Putin has dismissed that, alleging Navalny is part of a U.S.-backed dirty tricks campaign to discredit him. Navalny’s allies plan nationwide protests on Saturday to try to force the Kremlin to order his release, a high-stakes test of his support in the depths of winter during a pandemic. In 2013, a court jailed Navalny for five years, but then released him on parole after mass protests near the Kremlin. The Kremlin has laughed off the idea that Navalny poses a threat to Putin.
Persons: Alexei Navalny, Polina Ivanova, Vladimir Putin’s, Navalny, Putin, Leonid Volkov, ” Volkov, , Volkov, UNFAZED Volkov, Lev Gudkov, , “ He’s, he’ll Organizations: Kremlin, REUTERS, Reuters, YouTube, Duma Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, Moscow, Berlin, Germany, U.S, Kremlin
"So when all of these Spelman women are together and trying to advocate for change, it pushes you and it inspires you." "I'm proud of who you are – I'm proud that you have chosen to become Spelman women," Abrams added. Nia Dumas Nia DumasThe young voters that Dumas and Mason are reaching out to has proven to be an increasingly formidable voting bloc. In Georgia, voters under the age of 30 counted for 20% of all votes cast, according to Tufts University. "I think young voters understand that if we don't decide for ourselves, someone else will decide for us," Dumas said.
Persons: Joe Biden, Stacey Abrams, Abrams, Deja Mason, Mason, she's, Joe Biden's, Atlanta , Georgia Elijah Nouvelage, The Georgia Senate runoffs, Biden, Spelman, Kamala Harris, Deja Mason Nia Dumas, Dumas, Nia Dumas Nia Dumas, Aiyana Edwards, Edwards, Aiyana Edwards Aiyana Edwards Organizations: Senate, Democratic, Georgia, Business, Spelman College, Spelman, New Voters, Georgia Senate, The, The Georgia Senate, Republicans, Georgia Democratic, Center for Information, Research, Civic, Tufts University, Election, Coalition, Atlanta Locations: Georgia, Atlanta, Atlanta , Georgia, The Georgia
Fact check: No record of Putin making anti-Muslim speech in 2013
  + stars: | 2021-01-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Social media users have been sharing posts that claim to quote a speech that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave in 2013. The caption says, “This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin”. The fact-checking website Snopes found a speech made by Putin in 2012, which expresses the same sentiment about learning Russian and respecting Russian laws (here) . The remarks quoted in the social media posts are somewhat similar a statement falsely attributed to the former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, fact-checked by Reuters here . There is no evidence in official transcripts of Putin’s public remarks or on news sites that suggests Putin made the anti-Muslim speech quoted in the social media posts.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Putin, Vladimir Putin ”, , Snopes, PolitiFact, Julia Gillard, Read Organizations: Reuters, Duma, Kremlin, Chechen, Islamic, Australian Locations: Russia, America, England, Holland, France, Russian, Islamic State, Islam, Caucasus, North Caucasus, Moscow
MILAN/NEW YORK/LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. A similar spat in Italy over transfer pricing at its top brand Gucci led to a 1.25 billion euro settlement last year. But Gucci’s tax bill was 60% of its 2.1 billion euro recurrent operating income in 2017. Chief Executive Mark Read’s plans to juice up the company’s margin caught the most attention. The 5.2 billion euro French insurer on Wednesday evening said it would separate the roles of chairman and chief executive as part of long-overdue governance reforms.
Persons: General Mills, Gucci, It’s, Balenciaga, François, Henri Pinault, Lisa Jucca, Mills, chow, Jeff Harmening, Amanda Gomez, Ehud Olmert, Abu, Karen Kwok, Jacob Schram, Schram, Aimee Donnellan, Emmanuel Macron, Bolsonaro, Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Neil Unmack, Mark Read’s, , Jarrod Kerr marvelled, Robyn Mak, CIAM, Denis Kessler, Benoit Ribadeau, Dumas, Christopher Thompson Organizations: MILAN, Reuters, Corona, Norwegian Air, Saint Laurent, United Arab, Abu, Royal Strategic Partners, Prism Advance Solutions, UAE Exchange, Tel, Norwegian Air Shuttle, British, European, Britain, European Commission, WPP, Ford Motor, Covea, Hannover Re Locations: HONG KONG, Milan, Italy, Norwegian, Swiss, Minneapolis, Israel, United Arab Emirates, London, Abu Dhabi’s, Israeli, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Tel Aviv, U.S, European Union, . New Zealand, Australia, Paris, Munich
Breakingviews - Corona Capital: Private jet deal
  + stars: | 2020-12-17 | by ( Breakingviews Columnists | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +10 min
MILAN/NEW YORK/LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. Private equity firm Blackstone is betting that plutocrats will be back in the air before the rest of us. A similar spat in Italy over transfer pricing at its top brand Gucci led to a 1.25 billion euro settlement last year. But Gucci’s tax bill was 60% of its 2.1 billion euro recurrent operating income in 2017. The 5.2 billion euro French insurer on Wednesday evening said it would separate the roles of chairman and chief executive as part of long-overdue governance reforms.
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LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. French President Emmanuel Macron holds a news conference at the end of a EU leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium, December 11, 2020. LATEST- Positive Macron- Bullish WPP- Roaring New Zealand- Scor’s damp squibKEY MAN RISK. Those leaders recovered, which bodes well for the relatively healthy and youthful Macron. Though the European Commission is leading the talks, an active Macron may be needed to approve any last-minute compromise.
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Some 55% of women said they were “very” or “somewhat” interested in getting vaccinated, a drop of about 6 percentage points in the same time span. Overall, 61% of Americans said in December that they are open to getting vaccinated - a 4 point decline since the May poll. African Americans were less likely to get the vaccine: 49% said they were interested in the vaccine, compared with 63% of whites and 61% of Hispanics. The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 4,419 U.S. adults, including 1,216 who said they were not interested in getting a coronavirus vaccine.
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Opinion | Why Is Publishing So White?
  + stars: | 2020-12-11 | by ( Richard Jean So | Gus Wezerek | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +14 min
Some white authors disclosed that they had been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for their debut books. The heads of the “big five” publishing houses (soon, perhaps, to become the “big four”) are white. “It gives the appearance that there are a lot of Black books published,” while publishers’ less famous “mid-list” authors are overwhelmingly white, she said. McKinney, an author of young-adult novels who started the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag, wasn’t surprised by the statistics on how few Black authors have been published relative to white authors. Asked to comment on the acquisitions meeting, Simon & Schuster provided the following statement: "At Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, we are proud of our long and continuing history of publishing Black voices.
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WINNIPEG/MONTREAL (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic is racing through Canada’s remote and rural regions, as isolation, a crucial buffer during the first wave, left their limited healthcare systems vulnerable once the virus arrived. “We’re playing cards with half a deck,” said Health Minister Lorne Kusugak of the Arctic territory Nunavut. Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer Michael Patterson said ultra-cold storage required for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine makes it impractical for distribution across the territory. Eventually, every one of the 28 seniors at Opaskwayak’s care home was infected, said Onekanew (Chief) Christian Sinclair. In Nunavut, Health Minister Kusugak said the immediate challenges are pressing.
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Their bodies were found Wednesday at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The U.S. Army Special Operations Command identified the second body as that of 37-year-old Master Sgt. William J. Lavigne II, a decorated soldier who deployed multiple times to Afghanistan and Iraq while assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command. U.S. Army“The loss of a soldier is always tragic,” said Lt. Col. Justin Duvall from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Located next to Fayetteville, North Carolina, it has approximately 57,000 military personnel, 11,000 civilian employees and 23,000 family members.
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Russia’s parliament presented draft legislation on Thursday that, if passed, would enable the government to restrict internet access to U.S. social media giants deemed to have discriminated against Russian media outlets. Twitter began labelling the accounts of several Russian media outlets with the description “state-affiliated media”, along with those of their senior staff and some key government officials in August, a move decried by Russia at the time. “The urgency in adopting the draft law is due to numerous cases of unjustified restriction of Russian citizens’ access to information in the Russian media by certain internet resources, including those registered outside Russia,” a note attached to the document said. Russia has long sought to gain more control over internet usage on its territory. Microsoft’s LinkedIn is blocked in Russia after a court found it breached a data storage rule, passed in 2015, which required all data about Russian citizens to be stored in the country.
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