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December 13, 2019

Kaspersky will ask for a seven-fold increase in government support for software developers.

Infowatch president Natalia Kasperskaya, who heads the working group on information security within the framework of the national program "Digital Economy", will ask to increase state support for Russian software companies. The amount allocated by the government for software development should be increased from 5 billion to 39 billion rubles, Ms. Kasperskaya told the Vedomosti newspaper.

Natalia Kasperskaya intends to voiced her idea at a meeting with profile Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov. According to Ms. Kasperskaya, the amount of Rb 5bn allocated for state support to Russian developers "is very little. Mr. Akimov's representative confirmed to Vedomosti that a meeting is planned to discuss this topic.

According to Natalia Kasperskaya, the working group within the framework of "Digital Economy" named eight classes of software, for which additional funds should be allocated. Initially the group has calculated that on state support of developers of a software it is necessary 70 billion rbl., but under demand of the Ministry of Communications this sum has decreased to 39 billion rbl. for 2021-2023.

Earlier the Ministry of Communications has prepared changes to the management system of the national program "Digital Economy". The Ministry wants to get more money and manpower for organizational work, as well as to strengthen information impact.

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