Russia does not want their citizens linked to the rest of the world. There was a stand-off and several attempts at negotiating, which led to a block that was proposed by Roskomnadzor, the communications regulator for Russia. The social network would not have the data of Russian users transferred to servers that are in Russia, which is a violation of a law that Russia instituted that requires online sites to have personal data stored on national servers.
Roskomnadzor released a short a statement on their site, upholding the decision to block LinkedIn, which was decided in the Moscow District Court in August. The most recent case was at a Moscow City Court, on November 10th. LinkedIn submitted a statement to Techcrunch.com to confirm the block:
“LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for the entire global workforce. We are starting to hear from members in Russia that they can no longer access LinkedIn. Roskomnadzor’s action to block LinkedIn denies access to the millions of members we have in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses. We remain interested in a meeting with Roskomnadzor to discuss their data localization request.”
The ban was issued after LinkedIn attempted to meet with regulators in Russia, on November 11th. It was a last minute attempt at preventing the ban. The ban will be applied very soon to ISPs in Russia. If not, they will have to pay large fines and possibly face additional blocks. From the statement, it seems as if LinkedIn never got the meeting. A spokesperson for the company sent a statement to TechCrunch, last week that said, “LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for the entire global workforce. The Russian court’s decision has the potential to deny access to LinkedIn for the millions of members we have in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses. We have on Friday, again requested a meeting with Roskomnadzor to discuss their data localization request and we understand they are reviewing this proposal at the present time.”