The representatives of VimpelCom and Akado have confirmed the receipt of such a letter.
The reasons for the suspension of broadcasting in Russia are not specified in the letter. The Russian office of CNN made no comments on this information.
It should be noted that the amendments to the media law were adopted in 2010. They restricted foreigners' participation in owners' equity of the broadcasters to less than 50%. Not all broadcasters wanted or were able to bring their corporate structure into compliance with the law. Radio Liberty ceased broadcasting in 2012. Voice of America radio station has completely switched its broadcasting through the Internet in 2008, and so did Radio France Internationale in 2009, Russian BBC service and Deutsche Welle in 2011.
The State Duma adopted more stringent amendments in September 2014 that limited the participation of foreign capital in the media to 20%. Most of the media operating in Russia today fall within the scope of the law.