After a court found the corporate guilty of violating local data storage laws, Social network LinkedIn will be blocked in Russia.
“LinkedIn would be unavailable in the country within twenty four hours,” Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor said.
Some web providers have already cut access to the site.
“It hoped to meet Roskomnadzor to discuss the block,” LinkedIn told the BBC.
It is the first time the law has been enforced against a US-based social network.
Analysis by Sarah Rainsford, BBC correspondent in Moscow
“Russian social network users fear that blocking LinkedIn is only a first step,” the Kremlin says there is nothing to worry about.
They’re involved that more popular sites like Twitter and Facebook are next. several believe this ban is about censorship and control, not data protection.
Behind him lies a trail of blood from attacks on different sites. One vivid cartoon shows the Grim Reaper, bearing the logo of Russia’s communications regulator, heading for a door with the Facebook logo.
Another fears that additional restrictions are creeping: “They’re like sadists, doing it bit by bit.” Another user declares that the ban on LinkedIn marks “a new era in mass censorship.”
As state control over traditional media has increased , Such sites have also become an increasingly important different source of data. Social media has played a crucial role in organising opposition protests in Russia.
“Roskomnadzor was acting strictly in accordance with Russian law,” in Moscow Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
“The Kremlin had no intention of intervening in the situation,” He added.
“Roskomnadzor’s action to block LinkedIn denies access to the millions of members we’ve in Russia and also the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses,” A LinkedIn spokesperson said.
The regulator was working out the logistics of the meeting,” Roskomnadzor spokesperson Vadim Ampelonsky told the Interfax press agency. “We remain interested in a meeting with Roskomnadzor to debate their data localisation request.”