If Apple refused to keep the government happy, the decision could prompt Beijing to try to block individual downloads of VPN apps from the App Store, said Adam Segal, a cybersecurity and China scholar at the US Council on Foreign Relations.
Like China, Russia keeps a tight leash on the sites it allows its citizens to visit.
He said that Apple had no choice but to follow the stricter laws laid down by Chinese authorities, which require that everyone who operates a VPN must have government permission to do so.
The new law is meant to prevent access to websites banned by the Russian government and it has already been approved by Duma, the lower house of parliament.
The central government in China back in 2015 started tightening the regulations associated with VPN apps.
Upon learning that several VPN app developers were reporting their forced removal from the App Store, many people claimed this made no sense since Apple had battled this sort of oppression in the past in their own homeland.
The 19 Communist Party National Congress was also among the reasons as to why Chinese authorities have been tightening up on nearly everything, from internet browsing to live-streaming websites and social media. The People's Republic of China has issued a blanket ban of common websites like Facebook, Google, and many western media outlets, all of which are accessible within Russian Federation.
AWS representatives in the USA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the emails sent by Beijing Sinnet.
VPN is an application that allows Internet users to circumvent censorship by creating a secure and well-hidden connection to another network in a different geographic location.
Keeping in line with censorship rules is only a part of it.
Amazon has become the latest big tech company scrambling to comply with the online censorship regime in China.
According to the new law, which takes effect November 1 this year, Internet service providers are required to block access to proxies and VPNs, as they are often used my extremists to spread content and ideas.
It has also been at the receiving end of Chinese censorship, with its iBooks and iTunes Movie services shut down a year ago.
Now we can add Russian Federation to the list of countries preventing access to websites they don't want their citizens to read.
While China is not a major market for Amazon, the company has been in the country for a long time and has been pushing its cloud-computing services there.
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