2,000 websites blocked in Russia over children's suicide propaganda

The Federal Service on Customers' Rights Protection and Human Well-Being Surveillance (Rospotrebnadzor) has blocked over 2,000 websites for spreading illegal information about children's suicides.

The Federal Service on Customers' Rights Protection and Human Well-Being Surveillance (Rospotrebnadzor) has blocked over 2,000 websites for spreading illegal information about children's suicides.

"Rospotrebnadzor has scanned 2,168 websites for possible information about suicide methods or incitement of suicide. More than 2,038 decisions were made to block access to the websites with banned content," says the service's report obtained by Interfax on Monday.

Service head, Russian chief public health official Gennady Onishchenko said in March that Russia ranked first in Europe in the rates of children's and adolescent suicide and the world's sixth in the total rate of suicides. In his words, the number of children's suicides and attempted suicides had risen by 37 percent in Russia in recent years.

"The country recorded 260 teenager suicides in 2009, and 16.7 percent more in 2010. The ratio is up to 20 suicides per 100,000 teenagers. This is three times larger than the world's average," the Rospotrebnadzor chief said.

A law protecting children from information harmful to their health and development and restricting access to outlawed information on the Internet came into effect on November 1, 2012. The law allows the blocking of websites by IP addresses. Websites containing illegal information may be blacklisted by court order or by the decision of authorized agencies.

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