Is it possible that Russia, having as-yet failed to exert dominant strategic international control in physical or economic geo-politics, has decided it yet has an opportunity seize it digitally?
Is it possible they've not?
Now, what the Russians can do to Russian data when its on Russian soil I'm not sure, but I'm quite confident that the lines about what data is whose will blur if the companies comply. Both Twitter and Facebook have been, and to a limited degree explaining how they're doing it. Roskomnadzor's not sure it likes the limits to that degree and so here we are.
Who do we WANT to be in charge here? Do we want our governments, or other peoples', dictating rules to us about phone use and app visitation? Is a stock price a better regulatory mechanism than a Chamber of Commons? On this, a(nother) day of British shenanigans it seems a more credible argument than normal that market competition might be a better regulator than, well, regulators. Even our benevolent democracies are pretty crap as it turns out. And the line between oversight and censorship is thin indeed.
I guess we can't trust any powers to turn out completely perfect, really. Our obligation ought to be to keep the forces to account and leverage increased transparency where we can.