Bloggers to work under mass media regulations, Duma passes relevant bill

Russia's State Duma passed on Tuesday in the third and final reading a bill from the "counter-terrorism set" stipulating information exchange on the Internet, which in particular refers bloggers to mass media outlets.

Russia's State Duma passed on Tuesday in the third and final reading a bill from the "counter-terrorism set" stipulating information exchange on the Internet, which in particular refers bloggers to mass media outlets.

This initiative has been drafted following the terrorist attacks in Volgograd in late 2013 by a group of deputies headed by chairperson of the State Duma committee on security and fighting corruption Irina Yarovaya of the United Russia party.

This bill obliges private citizens and legal entities to inform the Federal Service for Supervision in Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) upon the beginning of posting information on the Internet and to store this data for six months.

These regulations do not apply to people who are organizers of information circulation on the Internet but use websites in private, personal and family purposes.

The bill essentially to refers bloggers and mass media. In particular, the following restrictions are introduced - the individuals, whose personal website or pages in social networks have at least 3,000 visits per day, are submitted to a certain registry and can, in particular, post advertisements for a fee.

At the same time, being listed in this registry will oblige blog owners to check the accuracy of information being posted, to comply with campaign rules, not to circulate information on private lives of citizens, extremist materials and to stipulate age restrictions for users.

Violation of these demands by bloggers will be punishable with a fine of 10,000-30,000 rubles for private citizens and 50,000-300,000 rubles for legal entities.

Repeating these violations within a year will lead to a fine of 30,000-50,000 rubles for private citizens and 300,000-500,000 rubles for legal entities or administrative suspension of activities for up to 30 days.

Bloggers could be categorized in the future depending on the number of visitors - bloggers, super blogger, start blogger, Mitrofanov said.

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