Russian state censor blocks 4 political websites for calling on voters to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections

Russia's government censor, Roskomnadzor, has blocked four political websites on the grounds that they published calls to boycott the country's parliamentary elections this September.

“In addition to calling on citizens to boycott the elections, the Web resources facilitated the coordinating activities of citizens organizing protests to be held in violation of civil statutes,” Roskomnadzor announced in an official statement, saying its actions are a response to orders from the Attorney General's Office.

Roskomnadzor's press release does not specify which four websites it blocked.

Activities to organize disruptions of elections in the lower house of parliament undermine the constitutional foundation of the Russian Federation, according to which the highest direct expression of authority of the multinational people of Russia is referenda and free elections.

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