Russian senators uphold bill on blacklisted Web sites

The Federation Council upheld the bill on blacklisted Web sites on Wednesday.

The bill would limit access to banned online information that is detrimental to children's lives, health and development.

The bill was passed with 147 for, none against, and with three abstentions.

An automated single register of domain names and uniform links to Web pages and Web addresses containing banned information would be created in Russia, according to the bill.

Web sites that carry pornographic images of children and announcements that children would participate in pornographic acts, and sites carrying information about methods of making and using illegal drugs, about places where they can be bought, and about how to commit suicide, or calls to commit suicide would be entered on the register in an out-of-court procedure by decision of federal executive bodies.

Some sites would be blacklisted by court order.

The decision to enter a Web site on the black list could be appealed by the owner of the site, by hosting providers, or operators providing access to the Internet, within three months after the decision is made.

The hosting provider would be obliged to inform the Web site owner of the decision made within 24 hours following the receipt of the relevant notification from the register operator and make the owner remove the pages carrying banned information immediately.

Web site owners would be obliged to delete banned information within 24 hours following the receipt of the notification from the hosting provider.

Otherwise the holding provider would be obliged to block access to the site. If the hosting provider fails to do so, the register operator would enter the Web site carrying banned information on the register. The operators would have to limit access to the banned information no later than 24 hours following the web address's entry on the register.

The site at fault would be removed from the register after the banned information is taken off the site.

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