15 February 2012
From 24 February one of Russia’s leading Domain Registration Centres, RU-CENTER, will introduce changes to its own regulations, according to which the assignment of any third-level domain in Runet can be terminated without the decision of a court. In other words, in practice any website registered by RU-CENTER can be closed down.
Bloggers and journalists have already called this initiative the introduction of political censorship in the Russian Internet,Open Information Agency reports. Damir Gainutdinov, a lawyer specializing in the freedom of the Internet at Agora, comments on the new regulation. [Read more]