Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs denied in purchase of computers with Windows software
In Russia, government agencies are prohibited to purchase foreign software, yet the departments continue to buy computers with Windows.
The Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation revealed violation of the law by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in purchase of computers for 1 billion rubles. The department has ordered 30,000 computers with a foreign operating system Windows 7.
The order specifies that the software should involve anti-virus software, compatible with other programs used by the Ministry of Internal Affairs employees, including Microsoft Office. According to the terms of reference, the Ministry of Internal Affairs studied the documentation of 40 operating systems and only Microsoft's operating system fell under their requirements.
According to the Russian legislation, state agencies are prohibited to purchase foreign software if there are analogues of Russian production.
The Public organization Stopkartel drew attention to the purchase of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and filed a complaint with the Federal Antimonopoly Service. The organization provided information that the operating system OS’, developed by the National Information Center of Rostekh, could meet the requirements of the agency.
The antimonopoly authority agreed with the complaint, finding it unproven that the Russian software does not suit the agency and ordered to eliminate the violation.
The Russian service of BBC notes that despite the ban on the use of foreign software, at the end of 2017 the Ministry of Internal Affairs conducted a similar purchase for 810 million rubles. In September 2018, the Federal Tax Service announced the purchase of foreign software for 287 million rubles, and in mid-2016 the Judicial Department bought foreign software for 804 million rubles.