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Russia has formed a register of the websites, which contain the information banned for distribution

November 02, 2012, 11:21 UTC+3

Those people who want to state about the illegal content can do it through the Russian communications watchdog

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A common register of the websites, which contain the information that is banned for distribution in the country, was officially launched in Russia. Those people who want to state about the illegal content can do it through the Russian communications watchdog. Some 3,500 complaints were received at the website on Thursday. The blacklist is completely closed for private viewing.

The special common register of domain names, the links to the websites and the web addresses, which permit to identify the websites in the internet that contain the information banned for distribution in Russia was launched on November 1, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily reported. Everything linked with pornography, drugs and suicide will be put on the blacklist. All other banned internet resources, for instance, those found extremist under the court rulings, will be put on the blacklist.

The internet users have been developing high activities in the internet over the blacklist from the very first minutes after its launch. Meanwhile, they have been developing positive activities through the application of complaints on the banned resources (3,000 complaints have been filed on the first day alone) and negative activities in the way of hacker attacks. For the first hour 161 complaints were filed for any internet outrage.

Only three federal agencies can decide what internet resource or its content can be banned potentially, as well as have an opportunity to take further efforts so that this resource finally turned out to be in the blacklist or was deleted voluntarily or forcibly. The federal agencies, which the government put in charge of this issue, are the Russian drugs watchdog, the Russian consumer rights watchdog and the Russian communications watchdog.

The newspaper named the Federal Service for Control in the Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Mass Communications as the main operator of the blacklist. As along with the tracking of the children’s pornography in the internet or the attempts to make and distribute it, the Russian telecommunications watchdog will monitor drugs and suicide in the internet editions, and respectively put them in the blacklist. Meanwhile, this agency is also in charge of putting all internet information, which had already been found banned by the courts and the law enforcement agencies, in the common register.

So, this is also the well-known list of extremist materials, which due to too knee-crooking efforts of the local authorities, as the media reported, for instance, anti-clerical works by Leo Tolstoy and some other classical pieces of Russian and foreign literature, were put on. The active citizenship can be also showed towards those, who do not delete the harmful information themselves, in a complaint through the portal of the common register.

Meanwhile, the newspaper reported that the whole blacklist is not available for the internet users. The portal of the Russian telecommunications watchdog offers only the way to check whether some internet resource is banned. To learn about it a user should put a web address in the relevant line. So, it turns out that people will never learn officially who is lodging information against some internet resources most actively and which websites are banned most frequently, to make a long story short, say, the bloggers will not be permitted to learn the techniques of the blacklist, which are most interesting.

The Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily reported that six complaints were given an expert conclusion by 05:00 Moscow time on Thursday that confirmed the children’s pornography on the websites through the links stated by the complaint lodgers. All of them were put on the common register. Relevant hosting providers received notifications. The internet users informed about new internet resources exposed to putting on the register on Thursday.

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