Ekho Moskvy to restrict access to Navalny's blog on its website

The website of the Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) radio station will restrict access to blogs of opposition activist Alexei Navalny upon the notice of Roskomnadzor and Prosecutor General's Office.

The website of the Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) radio station will restrict access to blogs of opposition activist Alexei Navalny upon the notice of Roskomnadzor and Prosecutor General's Office, while the company's lawyers are preparing materials for courts due blocking the website by some providers, Ekho Moskvy Editor-in-Chief Alexei Venediktov said in a statement.

Indeed, on March 13 Russia's Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) sent Ekho Moskvy a notice from the Prosecutor General's Office on restricting access to Navalny's blogs due to signs of extremist activities found, Venediktov posted on the radio's website.

"At the same time, the Prosecutor General's Office has obliged providers circulating the Ekho Moskvy website to inform its owners and to stop access to it within 24 hours, if Ekho Moskvy does not comply with the notice of the Prosecutor General's Office. Some providers started to block the Ekho Moskvy site in violation of the Prosecutor General's Office notice. That is why the access to pages of Alexei Navalny's blog will be restricted in accordance with the demands of the Prosecutor General's Office," Venediktov said.

The Ekho Moskvy will send a request to the Prosecutor General's Office and Roskomnadzor asking namely which statements of Navalny were of extremist character, "so that other materials not of extremist character are accessible to users," the statement said.

Some providers have blocked access to the radio station's website, in particular Akado and Business Communications Holding, Venediktov has twitted.

The grani.ru, kasparov.ru, Daily Journal and Navalny's blog on LiveJournal have been listed in the registry of banned information, Roskomnadzor has said. According to the agency, "the operation of this Internet page violates the provisions of the court ruling on imposing restrictions on a citizen, regarding whom a criminal case has been opened."

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