Russia Bans Two Crypto News Site

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Russian authorities have restricted access to several crypto currency newsletters.

Russian authorities have restricted access to several crypto currency newsletters. Although the reasons for this ban were different, they all went on the same road and blocked these sites using the news that the Russian Federation banned.

Moscow restricts Cointelegraph and Coinspot

The Cointelegraph, a global source of information on the latest developments in crypto currencies, and Coinspot, a Russian language portal containing other useful information on decentralized digital currencies, fintech trends and financial innovations, were restricted. Both have been blocked for Russian readers since October 16.

Cointelegraph’a official reason for the ban on December 25, 2017, a request from the Russian Federal Tax Service learned that. Although the Cointelegraph was blacklisted almost two years ago, the Federal Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communication Supervision Service (Roskomnadzor) officially and technically announced the ban this week. It is unclear why the investigation took so long.

Cointelegraph showed the developer of a Russian anti-censorship scanner plug-in. He also confirmed that the Cointelegraph link was passed to the Roskomnadzor blacklist, which was then forwarded to the internet providers. In some parts of the country, there is still access to the Cointelegraph. This means that some internet providers have not yet updated their databases.

According to Forklog, Coinspot, another news site affected by these prohibitions, was blocked at the request of the Danilovsky District Prosecutor’s Office in the Volgograd region.

According to the decision of the Central District Court of Volgograd on 22 August, only one article on the prohibition of a “blockchain casino göster was shown. Nevertheless, many internet provider companies in Russia have blocked access to these sites.

In both cases, Roskomnadzor’s decisions are based on the “Information, information technology and information protection law giren that came into force in July 2006. These provisions are generally used to justify the blocking of websites that contain information and news that are forbidden for various reasons.

Sarkk Darbinyan, Roskomsvoboda’s chief legal expert, also confirmed the news on Bitcoin.com. This non-governmental organization struggling with internet censorship in the country is currently trying to gather more information about blocking websites.

State intensifies internet censorship

Russian Telecom Regulators have, in the past, imposed a ban on crypto-money requests on some Internet sites, courts and government agencies. As an example, the supervisory board banned Buybit.net, which provided crypto currency trading services in April of this year. Another dimension is that there are cases where the closure requests are denied.

In May, Roskomnadzor blacklisted a similar platform, Bestchange.ru. prosecutors cited laws that were expected to regulate digital assets. In March 2018, the Saint Petersburg City Court lifted bans on 40 websites providing information and services on crypto currencies. In April, the Supreme Court overturned its decision to block the Bitcoininfo.ru portal.

Despite all these positive developments, the government continues to restrict the Russian Internet network. In March, Roskomnadzor asked 10 VPN service providers to connect to the Federal State Information System. This system holds information about all websites that are banned in Russia.

In April, the Duma, the lower house of its parliament, adopted a law designed to control Russian Internet traffic and effectively isolate Russian Internet space (Runet) from the rest of the web at the routing points controlled by the authorities in Moscow.

He authorizes Roskomnadzor to punish Internet providers who refuse to participate in Russia’s “Great Firewall” version.

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