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today 26.09.2016 03:14
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Kharkiv Human Rights Group Social Networking

Russia increases clamps on Internet use


From Aug 13 Russians will have to provide identification to use the Internet in public places. A new Russian government order from July 31 and just signed by prime minister Dmitry Medvedev means that people will only be able to access Wi-Fi in public places after providing identification.

The order also obliges operators to identify the equipment with which a user accesses the Internet. The operator must retain such data for at least 6 months.

Organizations and businesses which provide employees with access to the Internet will now be obliged to send the operator a link of their employees with passport details each quarter.

This latest move comes shortly after a law preventing bloggers from remaining anonymous and obliging those with more than 3 thousand daily readers to register with Roskomnadzor. The latter is the media and Internet body currently trying to get access blocked to websites in Russia and Ukraine, including Glavkom for refusing to remove entirely innocuous reports about a proposed march in Novosibirsk in support of greater autonomy for Siberia. That peaceful march has also been banned by the Russian authorities.

Information about the order posted at theRunet

see also:
Russian activist arrested for posts on social networks
Russia to block Glavkom over Siberian federalism coverage
BBC says no to Russian censor over Siberian autonomy activist
Russian censors attempts to silence home-grown federalists backfire
Yalta man could face year imprisonment for flying a Ukrainian flag
Kaliningrad FSB finds deep offence in a German flag
Russia, the improbable human rights crusader
Putins selective terrorism
Pro-Russian thugs beat up Ukrainian unity demonstrators except on Russian TV
Armed men cut off Ukrainian channels in Donbas
Donetsk television station seized to provide "correct" - Russian - coverage


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