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Russia now requires bloggers with at least 3,000 readers every day to register/comply with State regulations

Legislative restrictions on popular bloggers come into force in Russia.

The draft introduced the definition of a popular blogger as someone whose internet page attracts at least 3,000 readers every day (earlier this week the authorities announced that these should be unique visitors, not just page hits). Such authors will now have to register with the state watchdog Roskomnadzor, disclose their real identity and follow the same rules as journalists working in conventional state-registered mass media.

The restrictions include the demand to verify information before publishing it and abstain from releasing reports containing slander, hate speech, extremist calls or other banned information such as, for example, advice on suicide. Also, the law bans popular bloggers from using obscene language, drawing heavy criticism and mockery from the online crowd.

Roskomnadzor representatives have noted in press comments that the physical location of the web authors makes no difference for them – everyone writing in Russian and targeting Russian audience must comply with the rules or the access to their content would be blocked on the Russian territory.


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Instantaneous global

Instantaneous global communication and access to infinite information is changing what we know and how we live. This is a bad thing for social institutions that are designed to control people living without communication and information. We are witnessing the death of the pre-Internet world. Pre-Internet institutions will become obsolete but not without being even more diabolical than they've ever been.

In Amerika, No Need to Register

NSA has you covered.

If you have a problem with it, there is a 100'x100' pen a mile down the road where you can stand and tell us about it. Smile for the cameras.

Okay, so maybe we aren't 'as bad' as Russia but... Too bad there is a but.

And Putin just increased the

And Putin just increased the max penalty for illegal street rallies. And calling for secession on the internet is now a crime, and can get you 5 years in the slammer. Russia has no freedom either:

Ron Paul on his son Rand Paul:
"he does a lot of things similarly, but I think he does everything better. Than I have done over the years,"

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Publish in English, offer Google Translate for Russian

They aim to block any content written in the Russian language.

Do they plan on finding a way to block google translate?