Contents tagged with Roskomnadzor

  • Kremlin accuses Wikipedia of 'information attacks on Russians'

    Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor demanded that Wikipedia remove "unreliable socially significant information" regarding the war in Ukraine, threatening a fine of up to 4 million rubles ($48,000). In its message published on Tuesday, April 5, Roskomnadzor accused the online encyclopedia of "becoming a new line of constant information attacks on Russians", since it "massively hosts" materials with "unreliable information" about the military actions of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.

    The …

  • Russia fines Google $98 million

    The Russian authorities continue the campaign of pressure on foreign Internet companies amid plans to move to a "sovereign internet" with censorship and control over internet traffic.

    On Friday, December 24, the Moscow Tagansky District court imposed a fine of 7.2 billion rubles ($98 million) on Google for not deleting content prohibited in Russia.

    "By the decision of the judge of the Tagansky judicial district N422 of Moscow, Google LLC was found guilty of committing an administrative …

  • Kremlin will allow Russians to use messenger apps only after registering with their passports

    Russian citizens will be able to use Internet messengers only after passing identification, including providing their passport data, according to the government decree N 1801 which was signed by the Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

    The document, dated October 20, comes into force on March 1, 2022 and is valid for six years.

    It requires that the "organizer of the instant messaging service" when registering a user would conduct identification "by reliably establishing information about …

  • Russia threatens Facebook with huge fines

    The Russian authorities continue to tighten the regulatory noose on major foreign Internet platforms, preparing the ground for the cleansing of the network space and the transition to the "Russian sovereign Internet".

    After threatening to block YouTube, the Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, announced plans to dramatically increase fines for Facebook, claiming that the Internet giant failed to comply with the Kremlin’s numerous requests to remove certain content.

    The fine for Facebook can …

  • Russia starts blocking Google Docs

    Russian authorities continue to expand restrictions on internet traffic trying to fully block the Smart Voting application.

    Smart Voting is a voting strategy promoted by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny that makes the Kremlin and the ruling United Russia party nervous. It helps opposition-minded Russians vote for candidates deemed most capable of beating candidates from United Russia.

    GlobalCheck reports that on Wednesday evening traffic to docs.google.com was blocked on the cellular …

  • Russian Central Bank communication system fails after Kremlin attempts to shut down Google services

    The Russian Central Bank experienced a failure of its electronic systems a few days after the Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, stepped up efforts to block VPNs and attempted to limit the work of a number of Google services.

    Communication channels through which Russian banks interact with the Central Bank became unstable on Monday, September 13, Interfax reports, with reference to the press service of the Russian Central Bank.

    On Tuesday, the problems persisted and created difficulties …

  • Russia prepares video bloggers for its YouTube alternative

    The Kremlin’s campaign to prepare for a possible blocking of YouTube in Russia continues to gain momentum.

    The Russian alternative of the world's largest video hosting RuTube, which is owned by Gazprom Media, announced plans to grow a new generation of video bloggers for an updated version of its platform, where viewing without registration has become available and the possibility of monetization is expected to be introduced.

    "We will bet on young, as yet unknown bloggers, and with the help …

  • Kremlin threatens to slow down access to YouTube

    Foreign Internet platforms continue to allow posting banned content in Russia. This includes Facebook and YouTube, said Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor.

    Roskomnadzor warned that these internet platforms would face sanctions similar to those applied to Twitter, namely partial slowdown of user access using equipment installed by internet providers under the "sovereign Internet" law.

    As for Twitter, it will not be blocked, despite the fact that the deadline for removing ”illegal content”, …

  • Kremlin gives Twitter one month warning before blocking access

    Access to Twitter in Russia can be fully blocked in a month, if the social network does not remove prohibited information, said deputy head of the Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor, Vadim Subbotin.

    "We are giving it a month and are watching Twitter's response with regards to the removal of prohibited information. After that, depending on the actions of the administration of the social network, appropriate decisions will be taken," TASS quotes Subbotin as saying.

    Four days earlier, …

  • Russian government websites inaccessible after Kremlin attempts to slow down traffic to Twitter

    From March 10, the speed of the internet traffic to Twitter will be slowed down for Russian users, announced the Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor. According to Roskomnadzor the "slowdown in the speed of service" was a measure intended to force Twitter to comply with Russian law and protect Russians from "influence of illegal content."

    In the first stage, access to Twitter will be slowed down from half of computers in Russia and from all mobile devices. Roskomnadzor threatened that if …