This week, the Russian government has published a document outlining new rules that limit foreign communications satellite operators inside the country.
According to a copy of the document, the Russian government will require all foreign communications satellite companies to pass all incoming traffic through a ground gateway station.
This means satellite operators won’t be able to beam communications directly to customers without going through a ground station first.
The Russian government cited an espionage threat of allowing foreign satellite companies to transmit data directly within the country’s border. Critics of the Kremlin regime say the new requirement will enable Russian government agencies to intercept any incoming traffic.