Facebook, Instagram have to open separate branches in Russia
Every large IT company with a separate legal entity will have to open its branch or representative office in Russia, regardless of whether it belongs to another company, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy Alexander Khinshtein told TASS.
"If companies are independent, different legal entities, then each of them will have its own representative office or branch. Instagram has its own, Facebook has its own," Khinshtein said. Instagram has been owned by Facebook since 2012.
According to him, the main criterion is the degree of independence and its own audience.
Earlier, Khinshtein clarified that the bill is planned to be adopted before the end of the spring session of the State Duma. The document will cover the owners of foreign information resources with a daily audience of more than 0.5 mln Russians.