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Russia’s terrifying ‘blogger law’ goes into effect today

Russia’s “blogger law,” an amendment to the country’s administrative code, goes into effect today, forcing stricter guidelines onto bloggers.

Under the new law, signed in May, bloggers will have to register with the Russian government, allowing the government to restrict blogs it doesn’t approve of. Popular bloggers with more than 3,000 unique visitors daily will be considered journalists and will be subject to the same rules as other state-registered media outlets.

This means bloggers will be required to reveal their identity to state authorities. Anonymity is a prized possession for many bloggers, who use the web to decry the government.

Under the amendment, the government will be able to ask bloggers to verify information before reporting it and prevent bloggers from publishing banned content, including slander, hate speech, and profanities.

Already, a number of blogging platforms have come out against the law. Blogging giant LiveJournal, for example, has altered the number of site visitors for each of its user pages so that it never goes above 2,500. Other blogs have just stopped publishing site statistics.

The new law applies to any blogger writing in Russian for a Russian audience — regardless of location.  A Russian blogger could be writing and posting content from an apartment in Turkey and would technically still have to register with the Russian government. The government will ban access to noncompliant sites and issue fines that run between just under $300 to roughly $900. Larger media outlets will have to pay heavier fines, as much as $14,285.

Via: RT.


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16 comments
Parham D. Beheshti
Parham D. Beheshti

... And you post anonymously with a fake profile picture, defending this law ... Funny :)

Fdl Lcr
Fdl Lcr

1. Link is not working right 2. Law is alright, they probably need that law to defend themselves, as those "bloggers" are most likely paid traitors, paid to write some, subversive shit. No one is stupid anymore, Look at Libya, We've demonized Gadaffi, 2/3 of told, stuff were lies and propaganda, just to remove him and replace secularism with the true demons our dear friends and ultimate joker: radical Islamofascist. We have armed ISIS against Syria, demonizing regime of secular Assad who fights those lunatics. Google dude instigated Muslim brotherhood coup, and revolution, that thank god Egypt military stopped and destroyed. Meanwhile every single orange "revolution" in Ukraine so far, was instigated by CIA, so just to make it clear these bloggers are most likely some form of Trojan horses, too. America and Nato have been creeping up on their borders for a while, and trying really hard to destabilize them. Final goal is, obviously takeover of Russian spectacular resources . Those could never be taken by war, but rather destabilizing, and undermining current, or any other regime that doesn't let you have it. So before you say fuck you Putin or any other xyz leader tomorrow, think twice about plot. And you guys....seriously stop writing articles for dumb and dumber.

Al Leo
Al Leo

In my personal opinion and instead of "terrifying blogger law" Russia should invest in "terrifying" robotic bloggers, who will criticise morons in Orwellian States on a daily basics. Stay cool and quite - listen russian classical music after luch.

Joshua Darlington
Joshua Darlington

Govs don't know how to do Information Age social control systems so they try to apply more violence to obsolete systems to see if that works. Maybe if we rape leakers? Or torture hacktivists? Or jail the press? Etc Russia iran china etc are jjust a little clumsier than Washington

Avi Patel
Avi Patel

Eek! Wouldn't want to live there.