July 4, 2012
A blacklist of internet sites being debated by Russia’s parliament could create “real censorship” of the internet, according to a human rights watchdog set up by the Kremlin.
“We believe it is very important to stop the implementation of censorship on the Russian-language section of the internet,” Russia’s Presidential Council for Human Rights said in a statement on Tuesday.
A series of amendments to existing laws, which taken together create a single register for websites containing illegal content, was submitted to the Duma last month. Opponents claim that the legislation is a veiled attempt to silence opposition voices and a creeping attempt to implement a China-style censorship “great firewall”.