According to Federal Law No. 242-FZ, a localization legislation passed by the Russian government on 31 December 2014, all domestic and foreign companies that collect, store or process Russian citizen data must carry out such work on servers in Russia. Because Facebook did not inform Russian regulators where the data was stored, the court in Moscows Taganski District imposed a fine of 3,000 rubles ($47). According to the Russian Interfax News Agency, Facebook did not appear in court.
The $47 fine is the minimum fine a court can impose. Its not painful for Facebook. Its a labor-intensive move for the Russian government, but its only the first step in the legal process. It eventually allows the Russian government to ban Facebook from operating in Russia.
Source: TechWeb Responsible Editor: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541