On Saturday, the Chinese government shook the internet corridors in China after demanding Apple to remove VPN software from the App Store, at least in the country.
Russian Federation is cracking down on software that allows users to view internet sites banned by the government.
According to Freedom House, the so-called Yarovaya's Law was presented as a package of "antiterrorist legislative amendments", but ultimately allows much greater access by the Russian government to individual user's data as well as undermining the security of encrypted communications.
Apple stock has been falling significantly in China over the past year, which many believe may have forced their hand in capitulating to the demand.
Reuters claims that Leonid Levin, the head of the Duma's information policy committee, claims the new law isn't meant to affect law-abiding Russian citizens, only people attempting to access "unlawful content".
Experts predict that Apple may soon fall out of the top 5 smartphone providers in China entirely.
Under the new law, online messaging services must block any user found to be spreading "illegal information" and ensure that all users are linked to a phone number. It has since been relaxed to include material that advocates "extremist" content.
Journalists and freedom of speech campaigners have hit out at the Kremlin as they believe president Putin is ridding Russian Federation of the last vestiges of freedom in a communist China-style crackdown which would have been seen in the Soviet Union if the internet had been in use.
Russian President Vladimir Putin leads a meeting of the presidential education council in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016.
The bill also does not apply to corporate users if they need VPN services for their work.