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Russian law orders bloggers to register, restricts pornography and obscene language


A new Russian law, adopted by the Duma on Tuesday, is placing serious restrictions on the nations bloggers. Any online writer with more than 3000 visitors a day is required to declare their family name, initials and email address, and is then officially considered an internet user called blogger. Once registered, they are subject to the same regulations as the mass media, including provisions against libel, pornography and obscene language. While the restrictions are severe, the law is also surprisingly easy to circumvent, since it does not apply to blogs hosted overseas.

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