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1197 Instances of restrictions on Internet freedom in 2012 identified by human rights activists

posted 5 Feb 2013, 11:16 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Feb 2013, 11:16 ]
4 February 2013

Source: Open Information Agency

Agora Human Rights Association has presented its annual report "Russia as a Global Threat to Internet Freedom" 

In 2012, legal experts at the Agora Human Rights Association recorded 103 criminal prosecutions of Internet users, 208 instances of administrative pressure and 609 cases of restricted access to websites. They logged 47 cyber attacks, 26 civil lawsuits against bloggers and 49 proposals by politicians and officials to regulate the Internet. For comparison, in 2011, 38 criminal prosecutions, 173 instances of administrative pressure, 231 cases of restricted access, 31 cyber attacks, 11 lawsuits and 5 proposals to regulate the Internet were recorded. The total number of violations of Internet freedom identified went up by a factor of almost 2.5 compared with the previous year (500 in 2011, 1197 in 2012). [Read more]