Due to US sanctions, the Russian government said that starting in 2023, every smartphone, tablet, smart TV and laptop sold in Russia via official imports must come with specific local software and applications, RIA reported.

Moscow established a list of software from the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) that included: The old Israeli messaging service ICQ; the Marusya voice assistant and the Mail.ru email service.

In addition, all laptops will have the Yandex internet browser and Kaspersky antivirus software and each smart TV will have VK Video and Rutube (similar to YouTube), in addition to state TV streaming services.

This comes as the Internet and TV in Russia are expected to become 10-15% more expensive in 2023. It was reported earlier that some people in Russia have begun charging to download certain smartphone applications that are otherwise inaccessible in the country, such as banking apps, for 2,000 rubles (around NIS 95).... Read More: JPost