Following Twitter’s fate: YouTube to be blocked in Russia, Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia reports

Following Twitter’s fate: YouTube to be blocked in Russia, Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia reports

The document is similar to that one sent by Roskomnadzor to Twitter.

The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) demanded that YouTube video hosting remove the channel of Open Russia edition. The edition published a notice that the agency sent to YouTube.

The document is similar to that one sent by Roskomnadzor to Twitter. The agency claims that the website YouTube has published "information materials of a foreign or international non-governmental organization which activities are considered undesirable on the territory of the Russian Federation, <...> as well as information allowing access to specified information or materials."

The supervisory authority refers to the decision of the Prosecutor's Office of December 11, on the basis of which access to YouTube is "limited to communications providers". It is noted that if the owner of the hosting has deleted "information distributed in violation of the law", he should notify Roskomnadzor about this. As prohibited information the channel of Open Russia is indicated.

Head of Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov said on December 13 that the department sent requests on blocking the pages of Open Russia to the leadership of four social networks. It is known about Twitter and YouTube, in addition, the page of the edition was blocked in Odnoklassniki (Classmates) Russian social net.

Russian Internet providers started blocking the site of Open Russia on December 12 based on the decision of the Prosecutor General's Office. In a letter to YouTube, Roskomnadzor claims that the channel is distributed information of British organizations Otrkritaya Rossia and Open Russia Civic Movement, recognized in Russia as undesirable.

Open Russia insists that the edition has nothing to do with the British organizations listed in the register of undesirable. The representative of the Prosecutor General's Office, Alexander Kurennoy, promised in April that the decision of the department would not affect the work of the Russian organization.

Open Russia is the edition of a movement created by former head of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky. After his release from the colony along of charges of fraud, he left Russia for Europe.

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