Russia’s Digital Development Ministry against use of unlicensed software

The Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media issued a statement that it does not support the idea of abolishing liability for the use of unlicensed software. The ministry supports the use of Russian software instead, as it corresponds to the plan for developing the IT sector and the presidential decree No. 83. 

According to the Russian media, there has been a recent debate on whether it is acceptable to use unlicensed software in reaction to EU and US sanctions. Earlier, a European Parliament decision called on the EU and its member states to cancel the software licences for military and civilian equipment used in Russia and Belarus.