Microsoft products are banned from Russia and its founder Bill Gates has been placed on a Federal Security Service watchlist.
The Russian government cited “concerns over security and reliability” as its reason and an order to get rid of Microsoft software is to take effect immediately.
According to Sergei Zheleznyak, government spokesperson, Microsoft had been caught carrying out “minute-by-minute surveillance” on many Russian citizens, likewise as citizens of other countries.
The Kremlin spokesperson said, “The US, which presents itself as a bastion of democracy, has indeed been carrying out minute-by-minute surveillance of tens of millions of citizens of Russia and other countries.“
“All the main internet companies that were formed in the United States are involved in this ugly story, and these companies operate on the territory of our nation”.
Bloomberg reported that Artem Ermolaev, head of info technology for Moscow, and Nikolay Nikiforov, Russia’s Communications Minister, said that Moscow will initially replace Microsoft Exchange Server an Outlook on thousands of computers with an email system developed by the Russian company Rostelecom PJSC.
Next year, it will install software developed by New Cloud Technologies, another Russian software marketer, on millions of systems. Even Windows and Microsoft office will be replaced with homegrown versions, Ermolaev said.
“We want the money of taxpayers and state-run firms to be basically spent on local,” Nikiforov said, adding that beginning next year, officials “will be tightening their grip” on state-run institutions that do not choose domestic alternatives