Russian Communications Ministry denies plans to regulate Internet

Although the Internet has changed the notion of information space, the authorities are not planning to regulate discussions on social networking sites, Russian Deputy Minister of Mass Communications Alexei Volin said in an interview with the Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper, published on Friday.

"The Ministry is not going to deal with social networking sites in any way. It is something that emerged and has developed without the ministry, a platform for free exchange of opinions among individuals, a pastime for the people who are able to do this without the authorities and the state," Volin said.

Internet is just one of the platforms where discussions are taking place, he said. "They also occur in newspapers, magazines, on television and in the kitchen. Internet is no more than a medium. I would not talk about its special role," he said.

Volin who was appointed as Deputy Communications Minister by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday will be in charge of implementing the state policy on mass media, the newspaper said.

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