Russian and foreign businesses to lose $1 billion in Roskomnadzor’s fight against Telegram

Russian and foreign businesses to lose $1 billion in Roskomnadzor’s fight against Telegram
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Director general of software developer Flexbby (resident of Skolkovo) Andrey Prokofiev offered Internet-Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev to form an operational headquarters of representatives of government and business to solve the problems of companies affected by the blocking.

According to the software developer Flexbby, the current methods of blocking could result in $1bn-loss for Russian companies, US Amazon and Google may face the same loss. Kommersant writes this.

Director general of software developer Flexbby (resident of Skolkovo) Andrey Prokofiev offers Internet-Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev to establish an operational headquarters of representatives of government and business to solve the problems of companies affected by the blocking, according to a letter dated April 24.

According to Prokofiev, it is necessary to adopt legislative amendments that would exclude blocking of "vital services of Russian business."

The blocking of Telegram, according to the court decision, began in Russia on April 16. Telegram evaded the blocking using the services of Amazon, Google, etc. As of Wednesday evening, Roskomnadzor blacklisted about 18 million IP-addresses. This lead to difficulties in the work of Internet services of Google itself, as well as third-party companies. 400 Russian organizations using Google and Amazon were affected; Flexbby states: they have failures in data stores, business applications, artificial intelligence systems, geolocation, payments, interaction with banks, customer service, etc. Potential financial losses of the Russian business in the event of further blocking are estimated at $1 billion.

Amazon and Google cloud services performance interruption could lead to the loss of $940 million in 2018, Flexbby predicts.

"This is the most pessimistic scenario," emphasizes Andrey Prokofiev. The beneficiaries of the redistribution of the market, in his opinion, could be Rostelecom, Mail.ru Group, Yandex and Microsoft, which cloud services will be in high demand.

Internet Ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev says that he has not yet received the letter, but expects a "snowball" of complaints from companies affected by the blocking. "Service inefficiency is a reputational blow to the company, but Russian business, which does not like to confront state authorities, has an inherent caution. These factors are restrained in the assessment of damage and when handling complaints," says Marinichev.

Evaluation of the damage to companies due to IP-addresses blocking is out the competence of Roskomnadzor, Kommersant quotes the department, but it is ready to consider the official proposal to create an operational headquarters. It stresses that negotiations with business are already underway, in particular, a meeting with representatives of the industry was held to "work out joint solutions to ensure the smooth operation of the infrastructure."

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