Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Russian Parliament Passes 'Blogger Law' To Restrict Dissent On The Internet

Members of the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of parliament, stand before a session in Moscow March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Putin Foes Fear Internet Crackdown As 'Blogger Law' Sails Through -- Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's upper house of parliament approved a law on Tuesday that will impose stricter rules on bloggers and is seen by critics as an attempt by President Vladimir Putin to stifle dissent on the Internet.

The Federation Council overwhelmingly approved the tighter controls on Russian blogs and websites that attract more than 3,000 daily visits, under legislation the government says is needed to formalize the definition of blogging in Russian law.

Opponents say the law will enable Putin to silence opponents who are rarely given air time on the mostly state-controlled or pro-Putin television channels, and have instead used the Internet to organize protests against the former KGB spy.

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My Comment: No one in Russia likes this law .... starting with me.

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