Putin signs laws on fake news and disrespect of contempt
Insulting state institutions is equated to disorderly conduct, and websites can now be blocked without relevant court rulings.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved laws against fake news and insulting state institutions and state symbols. Online resources that distribute inaccurate information and offend the authorities will be blocked without a trial at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office. Insulting the authorities is equated to disorderly conduct. The document is published on the official portal of legal information.
On the web, “the information that offends human dignity and public morality, obvious disrespect for society, the state, official state symbols of the Russian Federation, the Constitution of the Russian Federation or authorities exercising state power in the Russian Federation, expressed in an indecent form” will be restricted. In addition, inaccurate information that led to the death of a person or mass riots will be also blocked.
The owner of a website with forbidden information and the operator will be given a day to delete it. If after the expiration of the given time the information is still on, and the provider does not block the page, the blockage will be carried out at the service provider level. After deleting the information, the site owner must notify Roskomnadzor.