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Russia's federal censor says it will block mass media outlets that share content from outlawed ‘undesirable organizations’

Source: Roskomnadzor

Russia’s federal media regulator, Roskomnadzor, is warning mass media outlets that they can be blocked for spreading content created by outlawed “undesirable organizations.”

Roskomnadzor’s announcement comes two days after the Russian government ordered Internet providers to block websites and social media accounts belonging to Open Russia, a political movement launched by former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

On December 13, Open Russia revealed that Roskomnadzor has ordered Twitter to block its account. The U.S. microblogging service was given 24 hours to cut Russians’ access to Open Russia’s Twitter account.

On December 12, the Russian government ordered Internet providers to start blocking various websites tied to Open Russia. 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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