Restricting access to Zoom for Russian government agencies will not lead to negative consequences for the country's universities. This was announced on Wednesday, April 7, at the press service of the Ministry of Education and Science.
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The department indicated that the operation of the Zoom video conferencing service does not affect the remote work of higher education institutions. The press service also stressed that the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation does not see any negative consequences from restricting access to the platform in Russia.
“In 2020, licenses for video conferencing based on TrueConf solutions were purchased for the needs of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. Thus, the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia does not use Zoom solutions in its activities, ”the press service quoted TASS as saying.
Earlier on the same day, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Digital Industry Maxim Parshin said that five video communication systems included in the register of Russian software (software) could replace Zoom . The deputy minister also pointed out the importance of the functioning of such technological systems, since they are used to carry out activities in the field of education, medicine, culture and business.
The day before, the media reported that Zoom Video Communications had banned the sale of access to the online conference service to government agencies and state-owned companies in Russia and the CIS countries.
At the same time, the company Zoom Video Communications in the United States indicated that information about the termination of sales spread in the media due to the partner agency of the company. The company added that Zoom will conduct an audit in connection with the dissemination of this data, and then release its findings.
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The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Pekov said that the Kremlin did not use the Zoom platform for business purposes . According to him, there are special closed channels for this, on which videoconferences are held. At the same time, a Kremlin spokesman expressed regret and misunderstanding why Russian state institutions and universities are now unable to renew existing contracts with the service and sign new ones at the corporate level.
Later, representatives of several Russian universities told Izvestia that Zoom had refused to renew their license to use the platform. For example, Irina Abankina, director of the Institute for the Development of Education at the Higher School of Economics, explained that at the moment the university is switching to other platforms, but his management does not understand the decision of the Zoom administration.