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State Duma to block content on messengers and email

The notorious bill requiring instant messaging services to block users for sending messages containing illegal information has again been submitted to the lower house of parliament.

Its authors propose extending the same requirements to email services and instant messengers. Now the Roskomnadzor regulator can order any message blocked on popular messaging services and email.

Amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses are also planned, establishing liability for the service providers. According to media reports, the penalty for non-compliance with the Roskomnadzor requirements is RUR 1 mio ($15.4K).

The bill also stipulates the blocking procedure – it requires blocking not only messages containing information banned in the Russian Federation, but also the senders.

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