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Moscow commented possible closure of Youtube

Moscow commented possible closure of YoutubeRussia’s proposed law on online movie theaters is not expected to backfire on users of YouTube in the country amid media reports earlier that YouTube may leave Russia, TASS.

Russian presidential adviser for Internet development affairs, German Klimenko, said on Wednesday the new law on online movie theaters is not expected to affect Russian users of Youtube.

"Speaking on movie theaters - this is about commerce, and YouTube is still a story about simple things, about our service and our data. So I don’t think that our users will face any hardships," Klimenko told the Life Zvuk radio station.

The dispute around the service refers more to movies, he explained. "I think in our context everything will work, but maybe will belong to Russian companies rather than the US ones."

Kommersant business daily wrote on Wednesday citing a legal committee of the Russian Media-Communication Union and other sources that YouTube may leave Russia if the country adopts a law on limiting the share of foreign owners of audiovisual services with professional content.



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