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MOSCOW, May 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) does not plan to block Twitter in Russia, said Maxim Ksenzov, the watchdog’s deputy head.
On Friday, the Izvestia daily has published an interview with Ksenzov, who warned that the “non-constructive stance” of the top management of international internet companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, regarding compliance with legislation regulating the internet, might become the cause of their blocking in Russia. “Even tomorrow we can block Twitter or Facebook in Russia within several minutes. We do not see any high risks in it. If at some point we conclude that consequences of “switching off” social media would be less substantial than the damage caused to the Russian society the non-constructive stance of the top management of international internet companies, we will do what we should by law,” Ksenzov told Izvestia.
Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reacted on this interview by posting a statement on his official Facebook page. It says:
As an active social networks’ user I believe that everyone — both the networks and the users — should comply with the Russian legislation. However, some officials in charge of the industry’s development should use their brain from time to time. And they shouldn’t give interviews announcing the blocking of social networks. Dmitry Medvedev Russia's Prime Minister