Russia now requires all smartphones and devices in the country to be pre-installed with the country’s software

Vladimir Putin wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone. ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/GettyImages

Russia now requires all smart devices, including smartphones, computers, and smart TVs, in the country to be pre-installed with Russian software, in what some locals have called a “law against Apple.”

The new came into force on Thursday, applying to all devices bought in the country from that day onwards.

Reuters noted that Russia views it as a way to help Russian software companies compete with international ones.

The outlet added that the law had been an issue for Apple, with many in the country calling it a “law against Apple.”

But Apple agreed last month to allow people to install Russian software when the phones are being set up, Reuters reported.

The company said it would offer apps from Russian developers to users as they start to activate and set up their new phones, but said that all apps are checked to make sure they meet Apple’s own privacy and security policies, Reuters said.

This means that users would be able to choose Russian apps over foreign ones when setting up their devices.

Russia has been trying to crack down on US tech companies in the country in recent years, and strengthen the country’s reliance on its own, government-controlled “sovereign internet.” Last month Russia slowed down Twitter in response to the company’s refusal to remove various banned content, but it backfired as it ended up blocking many more domains, including the Kremlin’s own website.

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