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Russia bans PornHub and 10 other adult websites

Source: Roskomnadzor

Roskomnadzor, the Kremlin’s media watchdog, has blocked access to 11 porn websites, including the Russian-language section of the popular website PornHub. 

The agency is acting on a decision by a court in Krasnodar, which ruled earlier this year in July that these 11 websites are illegal. It remains unclear why the court targeted these specific sites, and not the millions of other porn repositories available online.

An official press release on Roskomnadzor's website states that the illegal production, distribution, and public demonstration of pornography are considered criminal acts in Russia.

Using the Internet for such activity [the illegal production, distribution, and public demonstration of pornography] is considered to be an aggravating circumstance, and in this case the punishment amounts to-two-six years in prison.


Monitoring and policing the media in Russia, Roskomnadzor bans websites featuring supposedly illegal content by adding URLs to an official blacklist. Internet providers are supposed to download this blacklist two times a day, at 9 a.m. and at 9 p.m. Providers are then obligated to block customers' access to the webpages on the list.

Earlier this month, Roskomnadzor banned the Internet Archive, a digital library of music, videos, and books, as well as a Web archive called the Wayback Machine, which contains copies of websites at different moments in time.

In August, Roskomnadzor briefly banned the popular website Reddit. The offending content was a page titled, "Minimal and Reliable Methods for Growing Psilocybe [Mushrooms]."

The media watchdog also closed access to the music portal due to a song called “Kill a Cop!”