> So explain to everyone why exactly you want to keep your medical records abroad?
Because it's his data, and he can store it where he likes... unless a defacto dictator or totalitarian regime, Putin-style, overrides that.
> Don't trust my government, well, I trust corporations a whole lot less
I mean, that's a reasonable position. But under Russian style laws, you don't have the choice- you BETTER "trust" the government, because *you don't have a choice*.
Also, you mention things like the government auditing to be sure. That's scary as shit, and here's why- proper data would be stored encrypted. In the ideal world, you provide the key. In a less than ideal world, some corporation can unlock it. In a shitty world, some corporation can unlock it, AND the government can unlock it.
You don't get to pick "corporation or government". You are picking "corporation, or corporation AND government, AND it has to be stored less secure so the government guys can get to it easily, you know, for whatever reason".
Under Russian style laws, you could argue that renting a server in the US and a server in Russia and keeping a one time pad on both of those (such that neither side has your data) is in violation of the "data residency" laws.
This isn't a thing to save you from a corporation. A government that wants to do this is looking to monitor and control its citizens, full stop.