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Internet-filtering End of September 2012

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 ffice 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 article contains insulting remarks against Muslims and accuses them of involvement in the attacks of 9/11.

The test has confirmed that that in Moscow this website is no longer available.


In the Sverdlovsk Region a prosecutor demanded restrictions on access to an extremist video
On September 24, 2012, it was reported that the Prosecutors Office of Asbest city in the Sverdlovsk Region has conducted an assessment of compliance with the anti-extremist legislation, in the course of which they discovered the video "Message from the Slavic Union soldiers to the Russian people" publicly accessible via the Internet. This video is included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials as containing information aimed at inciting hatred.
The Prosecutor's Office filed a claim with the Asbest City Court against the internet provider INTERSAT in order to block access to the video. The case was soon dismissed due to voluntary compliance with the Prosecutors request by the provider.

In the Moscow Region providers blocked an extremist website upon request from the Prosecutors Office
On September 25, 2012, it was announced that the City Prosecutors Office of Ramenskoe in the course of assessment found the http://www.islamdin.com/ website, recognized as extremist in 2010, to be publicly available.

The Prosecutors 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 Prosecutors request.

In Kirov a site was recognized as extremist for publishing a previously banned brochure.
On September 26, 2012, it was announced that the City Prosecutors Office of Kirov in the course of assessment found a brochure The Russian Orthodox Church and the Modern Pre-Antichrist Era. The Religious Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church, added to the Federal List of Extremist Materials in 2009, to be publicly available.

The Prosecutors 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.
In December 2011 the same Soviet District Court banned access to http://www.watchtower.org, another website of this religious organization.

The court in Grozny ordered restrictions on the distribution of the "Innocence of Muslims" video

On September 28, 2012 it became known that the Leninsky District Court of Grozny issued a ruling banning the distribution of the "Innocence of Muslims" video, which the Moscow Prosecutor's Office is seeking to ban as extremist. "Prior to the court decision on the current civil case coming into force, there is a need for measures to put a stop on any form of distribution of the "Innocence of Muslims" video, previously accessible online on the VK.COM/video page of Youtube video hosting site, via the Internet or any other sources" the text of the definition states. The court session was attended by representatives of the largest regional providers.

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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