A blacklist of banned internet sites could soon be created as the Russian government passes an online censorship law
Internet censorship is coming to Russia as the State Duma approved a bill that blacklist websites containing illegal content.
The Russian government said it wanted greater power to censor websites containing child pornography, drugs, extremism and other illegal activity.
Having been approved by the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, the bill now passes through the Federation Council of the upper house before being passed into law by President Vladimir Putin.
In a post on its website, Live Journal said the law was tantamount to censorship: "We believe that the amendments to the law can lead to censorship in the Russian segment of the Internet, creating a black list, stop-lists and blocking certain sites.
"Unfortunately, the practice of law in Russia indicates a high probability of the worst-case scenario."
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