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Russia says it will ban Facebook in 2018 if the social network fails to comply with local data storage laws.
Alexander Zharov, head of communications regulator Roskomnadzor, was quoted by official state media outlets on Tuesday as saying "the law is obligatory for all."
"In all cases we will make sure the law is complied with, or the company will stop working in the Russian Federation," he said. "There are no exceptions here."
Russia's law on personal data storage came into effect in September 2015. It requires companies that collect the personal data of citizens to store the information on Russian soil.
"In 2018, we will think about it, and maybe we will check," he said.
Facebook and Twitter both declined to comment.
Roskomnadzor did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Facebook is a commercial enterprise earning money in Russia, and therefore it must comply with the law.
CNNMoney (Moscow) First published September 26, 2017: 11:57 AM ET
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