Since then, regional courts have made occasional use of this option, but sites blocked in one region remained accessible in others. Now a legal mechanism has been created that enables the government to block "bad sites" throughout the country. For the first time, Russia will have an Internet censor on a national scale.
Lawmakers, of course, packaged the Internet legislation as a protection against child pornography, pedophilia and sites that propagandize terrorism and drug use. But this is only a pretext to crack down on other "harmful sites," including opposition ones.
The registry of banned sites will be prepared by a special federal agency. And nobody should be fooled by the fact that a nonprofit organization such as the Internet Defense League will have the right to identify "harmful sites" that should be blocked. The league's leadership has close ties to government structures and the ruling party.