MOSCOW, October 24. /TASS/. The US non-government organization Freedom House’s criticism of alleged infringements on freedom of speech on the Internet in Russia actually amounts to blaming Moscow for protecting its sovereignty and information space, head of the State Duma’s (the lower house of parliament) Commission Investigating Foreign Interference in Russia’s Domestic Affairs Vasily Piskaryov said on Monday.
"An organization funded by the US authorities in its annual report criticized Russia for infringing on freedom of speech on the Internet. The things that Freedom House analysts don’t approve are worth mentioning. They don’t like that Russia has legally banned drug propaganda on the Internet, and they also don’t like a ban on propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors," Piskaryov pointed out.
He emphasized that in addition, Moscow had been criticized for blocking media outlets such as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (designated as a foreign agent media outlet in Russia), the Voice of America (labeled as a foreign agent media outlet in Russia), and other NATO "combat leaflets" spreading content targeted against Russia. "In other words, they blame our country for protecting its sovereignty and information space," Piskaryov stressed.