Russian law orders bloggers to register, restricts pornography and obscene language

A new Russian law, adopted by the Duma on Tuesday, is placing serious restrictions on the nation’s bloggers. Any online writer with more than 3000 visitors a day is required to declare their family name, initials and email address, and is then officially considered an “internet user called blogger.” Once registered, they are subject to the same regulations as the mass media, including provisions against libel, pornography and obscene language. An initial violation will result in a fine; second violations will result in a website being suspended for a month.

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