Communication Ministry: Russian Internet regulation law to be 'very soft' and 'creative'

 A planned law to regulate RuNet, the Russian part of the Internet, will put websites under "very soft" control, said Alexei Mitrofanov, the head of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy and Communications.

"I assure you that everything will be very soft, I would even say, "creative," as it should be in that sphere," Alexei Mitrofanov told a news conference on Tuesday in commenting on a bill to blacklist websites disseminating information whose publication is banned in Russia.

"There will be no Great Wall of China, of course, but there will be no free-for-all either, which was the case when the Internet was only just being created."

There is a search underway for a compromise formula that would rule out any infringement on the rights of law-abiding users, according to Mitrofanov.

"I think that, now that that there are hundreds of thousands or millions of websites, it's in the interest of all of us to somehow clean up this space. This may not have been a problem a while ago, but now there are tens of millions of users in Russia alone, and so there should be some kind of GAI [former Russian traffic police] on that road, some rules should be established," the lawmaker said.

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