Internet-filtering End of September 2012Àíäðåé 09.10.2012 17:25:00
Internet filtering in Russia
MONITORING End of September 2012
In the Perm Region a court has restricted student access to some online resources
On September 4, 2012, it was reported that the Prosecutor’s Îffice of Kungur in the Perm region discovered that one of the city schools allowed unrestricted access to online resources, which contained information related to propaganda of war, incitement of religious and ethnic hatred, smoking mixtures, drugs and pornography.
The Prosecutor's Office filed charges requesting restrictions against students’ access to these materials. The court has granted the Prosecutor's Office request.
Roskomnadzor issued a warning to a news website for an anti-Muslim article
On September 21, 2012, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) announced that a warning has been issued to Newsland.ru news website for the article by R. Khalilov "Muslims have shown that they are uncivilized” (http://www.newsland.ru/news/detail/id/1037668 /).
The test has confirmed that that in Moscow this website is no longer available.
In the Moscow Region providers blocked an extremist website upon request from the Prosecutor’s Office
The Prosecutor’s Office asked the court to demand that the internet providers INTELSEK, AVIEL and Oscar Plus blocked access to the site. The case was soon dismissed due to voluntary compliance with the Prosecutor’s request.
In Kirov a site was recognized as extremist for publishing a previously banned brochure.
The Prosecutor’s Office filed charges with the Pervomaiskii District Court of Kirov that the website should be recognized as extremist. The court has granted the Prosecutor's Office request. The name of the website that was recognized as extremist has not been reported.
The website Ispovednik.com had been previously recognized as extremist for publishing the same brochure.
Access to the Jehovah's Witnesses website has been blocked in Ulan-Ude
On September 28, 2012, it was announced that the Soviet District Court of Ulan-Ude orderd internet providers Rostelecom, MegaFon", VimpelCom, TransTeleCom Company, Synterra, and Baikalwestcom to block access to the Jehovah's Witnesses website http://www.jw.org.
Back in May 2012, the regional prosecutor's office found in the course of assessment that this wesite features the book What Does the Bible Really Teach? included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials. Therefore, the prosecutor's office filed a lawsuit in order to restrict access to this website.
The court in Grozny ordered restrictions on the distribution of the "Innocence of Muslims" video
Meanwhile, on September 27, 2012 it was announced that three of the largest mobile and Internet service providers, MTS, Beeline and Megaphone, restricted access to the "Innocence of Muslims" video. Beeline is currently blocking access to the websites that posted the video, so in Chechnya, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Ingushetia, Karachay-Cherkessia, North Ossetia and the Stavropol Region there is no access to .ru or .com versions of YouTube. MTS is blocking access only to the video itself; MegaFon does the same.
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