View Full Version : Russian Court Bans Internet Porn Under Century-Old International Convention

04-13-2015, 07:55 PM
A Russian court has instructed Roskomnadzor, the country's state-controlled Internet watchdog, to block 136 websites hosting “pornographic material” under the terms of international conventions signed in 1910 and 1923. Vague language in the ruling, first reported by the newspaper Izvestia (http://izvestia.ru/news/585309), means all Internet pornography could soon be illegal in Russia.

The ruling comes after a district attorney in Tartarstan's Apastovksy district cited the regulations put in place in the early 20th Century in Czarist Russia and then the USSR, respectively. All of the websites on the list, including some of the most frequently visited in the world, must be blocked within the next three days, Global Voices Online (http://globalvoicesonline.org/2015/04/13/tsarist-russia-bans-internet-porn/) reported.
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The porn prohibition also coincides with a law that prevents (http://globalvoicesonline.org/2015/04/10/russia-the-kremlin-declares-war-on-memes/) using a photo of a celebrity in a meme “when the image has nothing to do with the celebrity's personality.” Depending on how the law is enforced, it could mean photos of a shirtless Putin remain legal while prohibiting flattering images of opposition leaders.


Dan D. Doty
04-13-2015, 09:46 PM
That sucks ass.

Russia is going back to her old ways; Stalin's ghost must be smiling tonight.