Russia wants the data of all its citizens to remain within the servers located within Russia. LinkedIn has been inaccessible in Russia since November 2016. A few months ago Russia had let its concerns known to LinkedIn but the Russian authorities have received a letter from the social networks VP of global public policy, LinkedIn, stating that LinkedIn will not be moving the data of its Russian users with a Russian borders in the near future. Consequently, the stalemate continues.
LinkedIn is now owned by Microsoft and currently there are 6 million LinkedIn users from Russia.
According to a LinkedIn spokesperson, “While we believe we comply with all applicable laws, and despite conversations with Roskomnadzor, including meeting with them in Moscow in December 2016, we have been unable to reach an understanding that would see them lift the block on LinkedIn in the Russian Federation.”
The Russian regulator, Roskomnadzor, says that LinkedIn’s unwillingness to move date of Russian LinkedIn users to Russia “confirms its lack of interest in working on the Russian market.”
LinkedIn in the meantime says that its website is still available in the Russian language.