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    More internet censorship in Russia

    VLADIMIR Putin is set to censor websites and WhatsApp messages criticising Russia in a Soviet-style crackdown on freedom of speech.

    Software developed to bypass blocked websites and any reference to those websites on search engines will be banned under the new law.

    Operators of messaging apps, including encrypted WhatsApp and Telegram, will also be required to identify who their users are.

    They would also have to block certain messages at the Russian state’s request and would have to allow the authorities to circulate their own propaganda messages.

    Those who do not comply could be fined up to £13,000 each time.

    Until a few years ago the internet in Russia was relatively free, but following a wave of large demonstrations against electoral fraud in 2011 and 2012, the government has reined in users.

    In 2016, 29 internet users were handed jail sentences for commenting or posting images, or even reposting, on social networks - twice the amount as the year before.

    A bill banning blocking software and the other bill affecting messaging apps were given the go-ahead this week during their first readings in record time after Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the country’s Federal Security Service, asked for the bills to be sped up so they can become law as soon as possible.

    They are set to be adopted during their second readings which are imminent.

    Journalists and freedom of speech campaigners have hit out at the Kremlin as they believe President Putin is ridding Russia of the last vestiges of freedom in a communist China-style crackdown which would have been seen in the Soviet Union if the internet had been in use.

    Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which campaigns for global press freedom, has called on the Duma to reject the two bills.

    Johann Bihr, head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk, said: “If they take effect, these bills will drive one of the last nails into the coffin of internet freedom in Russia.

    “By seeking to perfect Russia’s mechanisms of digital censorship and surveillance, these bills trample on the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

    “We call on the Duma to reject them on second reading.”

    Messaging apps have been facing increasing censorship from the Kremlin, with all “information distribution organisers” having to register in Russia, store all user connection data for six months and make it available for inspection by Russian authorities on request since 2014.

    Last month, Roskomnadzor, the federal communications surveillance agency threatened to block Telegram in Russia which led to a showdown between the encrypted messaging app’s founder, Pavel Durov and the agency’s chief, Alexander Zharov.

    Mr Durov refused to comply with the 2014 law, but after much pressure he finally agreed to register Telegram, but still insists he will not share user data.

    Five less widely-used messaging services, BlackBerry Messenger, Imo, Line, VChat and WeChat, were blocked in early May for not registering and as a way of increasing pressure on the more popular services.

    Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in the RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.
    Putin to censor websites and WhatsApps criticising Russia | World | News | Express.co.uk

    Roskomnadzor (full name "Federal Service for Oversight of Information Technologies and Mass Communications"; and you wonder why they tend to shorten that? lol)

    used to be a relatively small agency, which basically worked with other law enforcement bodies to help them catch people selling drugs, weapons, and child pornography online, and that's about it.

    Today, they are an all-powerful "internet police" in Russia, who can block anyone they please, they even temporarily blocked Google's Russian domain over some dispute, back in June

    Russia briefly bans Google.ru

    Roskomnadzor internet censors have been trained by the Chinese and, I hear, have adopted a lot of their software, even working on their own Great Firewall...

    They can track people down by their IP address, etc. They are making app companies and others turn over user data to the FSB: https://twitter.com/AlexKokcharov/st...65731426119680

    In fact, some say they basically ARE the FSB's cyber security arm, these days...

    Sort of like your NSA, only in a much more lawless society.

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    I think they banned some popular nationalistic websites too like sputnik and progrom.

    Russians and (pretty much East-Europans + finns) pretty much ban everything, that is why anglo-saxons (english speaking western countries) always have dominated and will dominate east-europeans - because they are not afraid of new things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curiousou View Post
    I think they banned some popular nationalistic websites too like sputnik and progrom.

    Russians and (pretty much East-Europans + finns) pretty much ban everything, that is why anglo-saxons (english speaking western countries) always have dominated and will dominate east-europeans - because they are not afraid of new things.
    Yes, a leading nationalist was imprisoned not long ago, and others are fleeing the country now, actually: Russian Nationalist Flees To Lithuania To Avoid Prosecution

    Part of me wants to feel happy about this, since those guys hate people like me, they are my enemy, they have incited younger boys to attack and stab and kill those like me. Fuck them, as far as I am concerned, let Putin do what he wants to them. But... Today it's them. Tomorrow... Who knows...

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