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Russia has given Twitter 24 hours to block access to a blacklisted opposition movement

Source: Meduza

Russia’s federal media regulator, Roskomnadzor, has sent Twitter an official letter demanding that it block access to Open Russia’s Twitter account within 24 hours, on orders from Russia’s Attorney General.

On December 12, Russia’s censor published a copy of its letter to Twitter, which doesn’t specify what Roskomnadzor will do, if the company refuses to obey the order.

On December 12, the Russian government ordered Internet providers to start blocking various websites tied to Open Russia, a political movement launched by former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Russian officials say the movement has been blacklisted as an “undesirable organization,” but Open Russia’s representatives say they’ve been confused with an organization based in Britain that has the same name.

The Russian social network Odnoklassniki has already suspended Open Russia’s account. At the time of this writing, the movement’s pages on Facebook and Vkontakte were still working.

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