Google & Apple have to Pay 18% more VAT
"When you buy an app from Google Play or the App Store anywhere in Europe, VAT is charged at the place of payment, but not here in our banana republic," says Klemenko.
Foreign Companies are Threat to National Security
“We have to consider this as a kind of potential threat to our national security,” he said.
- The shipment of their own manufactured SmartPhone “Xiaomi” to many countries.
- Implementing a Great Firewall.
- Weibo, a Social Networking service which had reached beyond 100 million active users.
- Baidu Search Engine.
Kicking Off: A Feasible Option?
“The way it’s done in North Korea or China with its firewall probably doesn’t fit us, but it’s only a matter of time,” Klimenko said. “It won’t be fatal if Google leaves Russia -- Yandex and Mail.ru have similar technologies.”