SMS spammers could face five years in prison
SMS spam should be considered a medium-gravity crime, which implies punishment of up to five years in prison, suggested participants at a meeting last week which brought together Russian regulation and surveillance agencies as well as leading mobile operators.
Telecom regulator Roskomnadzor also suggested changing the rules for providing telecommunication services and content.
According to the agency’s data, most user complaints are related to paid mobile content and services imposed without users’ consent as well as to SMS spam.
The “Big Three” operators, namely Megafon, MTS and Beeline, have agreed to continue discussions with government bodies to improve the existing telecom legislation.