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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ECHR took up the complaints of the Russian Internet blocking

The European court began to consider the complaints of a number of Russian opposition media and portals on their Internet blocking. This case will be an example for all countries that accept the jurisdiction of the ECHR, reports “Kommersant”.

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The court addressed “the Verge”, “Kasparov”, “the Daily journal” (HEDGEHOG), “Roskomsvoboda” and the Worldview of Russian Civilization. Their application was supported by the human rights organization “Agora international”.

Three news site “Kasparov”, “the Edge” and a HEDGEHOG — have been blocked in 2014, and, according to their employees, without a legitimate reason. So, for HEDGEHOG the prosecution made the claim that there “periodically collected” materials about protests, thus, the reason for blocking it was impossible to eliminate.

“Faces” as it is found out only in court, raised claims articles about the protests on Manezh square, and “Kasparov” — illustration to the situation around the Crimea, and the removal of the latter did not help to remove the lock.

In all three cases, it was produced on the basis of the “law of Lugovoi” punishing appeals to mass riots, extremist activities and participation in uncoordinated actions. Russian practice locks on this basis, the lawyers representing the interests of employees blocked resources are now going to present the ECHR.

The project “Roskomsvoboda”, dedicated to the fight against censorship in Runet, was blocked in 2016 for information on how to bypass the lock, in the law is the basis for the blocking is not spelled out. Last, the fifth site, in 2012, was subjected to blocking for the publication of some extremist books, but removes it from the resource lock is not removed.

At the moment, the ECHR addressed questions on claims, to them, the Russian authorities will have to respond by 15 January 2018: in particular, judges are interested in whether Russian laws about locks “protection from tyranny” and whether they are accurate and predictable in its application.


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