Language quotas for Ukraine’s TV will only fuel tensions — media groupSociety & Culture May 24, 8:49
Syrian troops repel militant attack west of Palmyra — mediaWorld May 24, 8:08
Russian 'soldier of the future' combat gear tested in SyriaMilitary & Defense May 24, 6:41
London police say investigation into Manchester blast ‘fast-moving’World May 24, 5:21
Investigators release Gogol-Center artistic director after questioningSociety & Culture May 24, 2:32
London may be among contenders for 2018 FIDE chess world championshipSport May 24, 2:29
Putin meets with visiting Philippine leaderRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 0:15
Mechanism of alerting on cyberattacks practically never used by US — spokespersonWorld May 23, 22:19
Putin praises work of Independent Public Anti-Doping CommissionSport May 23, 20:38
MOSCOW, October 22. /TASS/. The speaker of the Federation Council upper house of the Russian parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, said on Wednesday she was against tighter rules on Internet access and government control over the Internet.
“We are against restrictions on access to the Internet or a total control over it, against restrictions on legitimate interests and possibilities of the citizens,” Matviyenko said in an interview with the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily on Wednesday.
“The right to free access to and distribution of information is a basic principle of democracy, and our country does not intended to backtrack on it,” the speaker said.
Matviyenko said she shared fears as to threats to psychic, moral and physical health of children and teenagers from websites advocating terrorism, violence, drugs, child pornography and stirring xenophobia, as well as ethnic and social enmity.
“The international community has amassed huge experience of fight against such threats. Those circulating them are punished harshly. Our country will act, or to be more exact already acts, in the same way, closing such sites, bringing to responsibility their owners, authors,” Matviyenko said.
Russia will be neither limiting access to Internet nor subjecting the World Wide Web to total control in the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on October 1.
“We are not planning to restrict access to Internet and subjecting it to total control,” Putin said addressing a session of the Russian Security Council.