Russia bans foreign software purchases for critical infrastructure  

Russia has decided to ban the purchase of foreign software for critical infrastructure without prior approval, effective immediately, while public agencies and other customers are expected to discontinue use of foreign software by 1 January 2025.

According to TASS, critical infrastructure includes information systems and telecommunication networks that are essential for the operation of critical sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, communications, transportation, energy, the financial sector, and municipal facilities.

This move is seen as the Russian government’s latest effort to promote Russia’s technological independence.