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Russia Blocks Access to Major Independent News Sites
EFF ^ | March 13, 2014 | By Eva Galperin and Danny O'Brien

Posted on 03/15/2014 2:15:33 PM PDT by Grzegorz 246

Russia's government has escalated its use of its Internet censorship law to target news sites, bloggers, and politicians under the slimmest excuse of preventing unauthorized protests and enforcing house arrest regulations. Today, the country's ISPs have received orders to block a list of major news sites and system administrators have been instructed to take the servers providing the content offline.

The banned sites include the online newspaper Grani, Garry Kasparov's opposition information site kasparov.ru, the livejournal of popular anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, and even the web pages of Ekho Moskvy, a radio station which is majority owned by the state-run Gazprom, and whose independent editor was ousted last month and replaced with a more government-friendly director.

The list of newly prohibited sites was published earlier today by Russia's Prosecutor General, which announced that the news sites had been "entered into the single register of banned information" after "calls for participation in unauthorized rallies." Navalny's livejournal was apparently added to the register in response to the conditions of his current house arrest, which include a personal prohibition on accessing the Internet.

Russia enacted its first law permitting official government censorship of the Internet in 2012, when it was claimed its register would primarily be used to combat child pornography, drug use, and material promoting suicide.

Mig Greengard, assistant to Mr. Kasparov, reported that Kasparov.ru's administrators had been contacted by government officials via letter, requesting that they shut down their servers directly. Though it may not be reachable from some Russian ISPs, Kasparov's website is currently still up, as is Navalny's blog and Ekho Moskvy. Grani's site, at present, shows a single message stating the news site is "blocked at the request of the Prosecutor General."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: russia; ukraine; ukrainecrisis; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko

1 posted on 03/15/2014 2:15:33 PM PDT by Grzegorz 246
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To: Grzegorz 246

This should come as no surprise. Putin is going to use whatever means he needs to force the outcome he wants. He’s ruthless, cunning, and cruel. Strangely, these traits appeal to certain people, some of whom consider them traits of a strong leader rather than a despot. He may succeed today and tomorrow, but he’s planted the seeds that will change the whole world’s view of Russia and how the world will react to him.


2 posted on 03/15/2014 2:18:46 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free the USA.)
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To: Grzegorz 246
Putin boot lickers arriving to explain why this is a positive development in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

But... but ... he must be a great guy; he hates homos, after all.

3 posted on 03/15/2014 2:20:09 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: FredZarguna

I bet they all were just homo dating sites !!11

(shirtless Putin on a pony coming soon)


4 posted on 03/15/2014 2:23:21 PM PDT by Grzegorz 246
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To: elhombrelibre
Strangely, these traits appeal to certain people

That in itself is not strange. Read Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being, written in partial response to the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia, as just one example. Until I read it, I was under the naive, American, and very much mistaken belief that most people aspire to freedom. Nope. About half of the people in this world are perfectly fine with totalitarianism as long as it means good order and their needs are taken care of, however poorly. They're children, and they want to keep sucking their thumbs.

What is strange, is that there are many people on FR who believe this makes a good leader -- at least in Pooty-Poots case. That is strange indeed, unless [and I'm sure it's true of several of them] that they're here to spread Dezinformatsia.

5 posted on 03/15/2014 2:26:27 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: elhombrelibre

This is un-bear-able.

What with all the oxen getting gored because Barack is lollygagging at the wheel, more and more people realize they’d be fools to go with Democrat the next time around.


6 posted on 03/15/2014 2:31:25 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: FredZarguna

I don’t want a totalitarianism leader, but I wish Obama had half the backbone Putin has - at least on the world state.

He is plenty tough when it comes to destroying the American economy, but that’s about it.


7 posted on 03/15/2014 2:31:46 PM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: FredZarguna

I read it so many years ago that I’d forgotten the theme. Erich Fromm wrote a book, too, ESCAPE FROM FREEDOM with a similar insight. Believing that Putin can take freedom away and provide order and Christianity is just foolish, like thinking Lenin could have all of the power and there would evolve a just world. Stupid.


8 posted on 03/15/2014 2:33:38 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free the USA.)
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To: FredZarguna

America got the head start it did because of gospel power.

Russia of the tsars was nominally Christian — but just nominally. They believed in a special occasion God not an everyday God.

America too will go into thumb sucking mode unless there is another gospel revolution, and willing evangelizers will be part of that.


9 posted on 03/15/2014 2:33:58 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Grzegorz 246; FredZarguna

Independent sites? That’s what THEY want you to think. The reality is that the NWO/CFR/Bankers/Rothschilds/Monsanto have been secretly funneling money into previously unknown Neo-Nazi groups since the foundation of the Internet to create and bring traffic to seemingly independent sites which are actually under the thumb of the Bilderbergs, who are intent on their world tyranny.

The cabal of global financial elites, headed by George Soros, have had their neo-Nazi pawns deliberately leave cunningly hidden backdoors in all their computer systems, allowing the NWO and Soros to gain access whenever they want. This allows them to propagate a variety of ‘news’ and ‘opinion’ that keeps you from worrying about their plans for world domination.

These sites have indeed been of great use for the globalist agenda, aiding Soros and his NWO/CFR/Rothchilds cabal in giving the false impression that people are not happy with the anti-globalist Yanukovych and their archnemesis Putin the Shirtless. They brought out thousands of neo-Nazis armed with sniper rifles out onto the streets of Ukraine, attacking police wantonly and used the sites that they controlled to deceive the unknowing sheep.

A guy on the radio told me.


10 posted on 03/15/2014 2:35:35 PM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: Grzegorz 246
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11 posted on 03/15/2014 2:37:36 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: elhombrelibre

The Orthodox are probably not going to complain too much as long as they can keep their sinecures.

Having realized it was a mistake to try to outright squash Christianity, modern tyrants keep it as a house pet on a short leash.


12 posted on 03/15/2014 2:37:57 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: FredZarguna

This was the state of “gay” prior to “gay marriage.”

Now, it’s pick your way to punk freedom. “Gaily” or not.


13 posted on 03/15/2014 2:40:25 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Have a good night, all.


14 posted on 03/15/2014 2:44:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: elhombrelibre

AMEN AMEN AMEN!! Thank you!!

There is NOTHING to be admired about a cruel tyrant. I swear I think some people would admire Hitler as a strong leader.

Amazing how you look like a strong leader when you have the military do your bidding.

Putin is NOT a strong leader. Period.


15 posted on 03/15/2014 2:46:08 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Grzegorz 246

Strange to see the rise of pussy riot leftist gasparov supporters on free republic.


16 posted on 03/15/2014 2:47:16 PM PDT by eleni121 ("All Along the Watchtower" Book of Isaiah, Chapter 21, verses 5-9)
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To: Corporate Democrat
Well if you missed the radio show, there are lots 'n lotsa FReepers who'll be showing up to tell you exactly the same thing. Mother Russia has always been very nice and good to the ungrateful Ukrainians, who are all Nazis waiting to reignite the fires of the Holocaust. And even though the Ukrainians are all Nazis, there isn't really any country named "Ukraine;" it's all just a made-up thing that is now, always was, and always will be part of Russia.

Whatever may happen in the Crimea is like the Battle of Stalingrad: it's all anti-imperialist, anti-Fascist altruism entirely for the good of Enlightened Civilization and we can't appreciate it because we're revanchist reactionaries who want to expand NATO and start World War III so Slim Pickens can out of the bomb-bay doors of a B-52 on a Hydrogen Bomb.

17 posted on 03/15/2014 2:48:33 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Strong in the sense of the way he smells!


18 posted on 03/15/2014 2:48:38 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Grzegorz 246; eleni121
Always nice to see the Федеральная служба безопасности Российской Федерации weigh in.
19 posted on 03/15/2014 2:52:29 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: FredZarguna

“Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation” per Google Translate.

What the dickens is this “Russian Federation”? Is Crimea set to become a new member of it or what?


20 posted on 03/15/2014 2:55:17 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: eleni121
Well some do enjoy his moves more than others


21 posted on 03/15/2014 3:01:27 PM PDT by caww
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To: HiTech RedNeck
What the dickens is this “Russian Federation?”

I prefer to call it the NSE. [NeoSoviet Empire®]

Don't think for a moment that when the "Committee for State Security" [Комитет государственной безопасности] changed its name that it changed its stripes, nor that it didn't [and doesn't] have disrupters on FR.

Dezinformatsia never died. It is alive and well.

22 posted on 03/15/2014 3:04:45 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: FredZarguna

23 posted on 03/15/2014 3:05:11 PM PDT by caww
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To: FredZarguna

I mean if you look at a EULA for Kaspersky products they will say it is ruled by laws of the “Russian Federation.” Kind of gives a different spin on it... many of us would have viewed it as quaint, as a near 3rd world country trying to get back on its feet, and been sympathetic.

But Russia did not take its historic chastening wisely. Instead it bided its time and dreamed of new cruel exploits. Not enough for it to be an economic power. It has to be the playground bully again.


24 posted on 03/15/2014 3:07:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: caww
Ah.

Here we have the Horse's ... ummm ... mouth ... himself, to explain why this is actually a very good, freedom promoting move on Pooty-Poot's part.

25 posted on 03/15/2014 3:09:26 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: caww
KGB emblem


26 posted on 03/15/2014 3:09:38 PM PDT by caww
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To: FredZarguna
You're affiliation with this guy is perfectly understandable


27 posted on 03/15/2014 3:15:49 PM PDT by caww
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To: HiTech RedNeck
What the dickens is this “Russian Federation”?

Whatever Vladi says it is.

28 posted on 03/15/2014 3:35:37 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: caww

Well lots more fun than swallowing media lies whole.


29 posted on 03/15/2014 3:41:32 PM PDT by eleni121 ("All Along the Watchtower" Book of Isaiah, Chapter 21, verses 5-9)
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To: Grzegorz 246

This totally sucks and Putin loses a lot of international credibility with this move.


30 posted on 03/15/2014 4:52:14 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: caww
As is your association with this one:


31 posted on 03/15/2014 5:01:19 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: FredZarguna

Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei in full force in free republic.

Get thee behind me satan.


32 posted on 03/16/2014 11:33:59 AM PDT by eleni121 ("All Along the Watchtower" Book of Isaiah, Chapter 21, verses 5-9)
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To: Grzegorz 246

so cnn will not be blocked.........


33 posted on 03/16/2014 12:36:42 PM PDT by isom35
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To: eleni121
Right. Because anyone who's an enemy of the NeoSoviet Empire® is a Nazi. You FSB/KGB/NKVD/Cheka plants have been spouting that crap since the Spanish Civil War, and to the extent that there never seems to be any shortage of dimwits believing you, I guess I can't argue with success.

Those of us with functioning memories and knowledge of history know how fluid your "anti Fascism" really is. The Nazis were "brother socialists" right up until June 22, 1941. If it turns out to be convenient, they will be once more.

In the meantime, when you Russkie swine show up to post your gay Putin porn and Disinformatzia on FR, expect to be exposed for the tools you are.

34 posted on 03/16/2014 6:22:23 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: FredZarguna

Your post is way too stupid to respond to.


35 posted on 03/17/2014 1:22:02 PM PDT by eleni121 ("All Along the Watchtower" Book of Isaiah, Chapter 21, verses 5-9)
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To: eleni121

If you don’t want to be exposed as a Putin tool, don’t post stupid, Putin-ass-kissing posts in the first place.


36 posted on 03/17/2014 3:24:35 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: FredZarguna

The Russian people and their leader are far wiser and more moral than any creepy thing going on in the “west”.

Try blowing away the fog of ignorance that dumbed down US education has infected you with.


37 posted on 03/18/2014 11:58:34 AM PDT by eleni121 ("All Along the Watchtower" Book of Isaiah, Chapter 21, verses 5-9)
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To: eleni121

Right. Because silencing and murdering your political opposition is so much more moral than letting some faggots get “married.”


38 posted on 03/18/2014 9:03:12 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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