Zoom forbids sales to Russian State

RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 07 Apr 2021 by Alex Teddy

On April 7 Kommersant reported that the video conferencing platform banned its distributors from selling services to the Russian government and parastatal entities in Russia and some other former Soviet nations. Zoom's partner in Russia is RightConf. Sales licenses have been revoked from state agencies and organizations in receipt of state benefits. The ban on sales in Russia took effect on March 31, 2021. However, it does not terminate extant contracts.Zoom is the premier meeting platform. It has thrived in the lockdown. RightConf is considering creating its own meeting platform.Zoom has made this deciison owing to the risk of US sanctions and the fact that it is hard to obey Russian legislation. Zoom's decision could impact education in Russia. It is used for distance learning.Zoom has 25% of the video conference market in Russia but that generates only 1% of Zoom's revenue. Moscow mandates all tech forms to pre-install Russian made software. Russia intends to have an alternative to Zoom operational by 2022.

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