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Re: Should we take steps to reduce russian access to Free Software?

From: Devin Ulibarri
Subject: Re: Should we take steps to reduce russian access to Free Software?
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 12:00:48 -0500
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On 2/24/22 03:04, Jacob Hrbek wrote:
> Today russian forces invaded ukraine and started an unprovoked war
> with free software being used across russia and in the government
> thus playing a major role in russia's war capabilities.

What the FSF is taking action on immediately is abiding economic
sanctions against Russia. This effects distribution of shop orders and
membership cards, for example.

> Should we and can we take steps to prevent/reduce russia's access to
> our software?

We are working within the legal frameworks of this evolving situation,
and will seek legal advice when necessary. The details are complex
given the very nature of free (as in freedom) software.

In short, the FSF is taking the situation seriously. Thank you for
raising the point.

Thank you,
Devin Ulibarri // Outreach & Communications Coordinator
Free Software Foundation

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