Roskomnadzor has blocked over 160 websites created to support illegal military groups in Syria, Alexei Nikitin, deputy head of the Prosecutor General's Office's department on supervision of the observance of the laws on federal security, inter-ethnic relations and countering terrorism and extremism, said.
"Roskomnadzor has recently blocked over 160 websites that were created solely to support illegal military groups fighting in Syria," Nikitin said at a nationwide video conference on the anti-extremism legislation held in the Federation Council on Wednesday.
Nikitin said the restriction of user access to websites does not envisage the blocking of electronic payment systems.
"Despite the blocking of websites, these systems continue collecting funds for financing terrorism and extremism. For this reason, the Prosecutor General's Office has asked Rosfinmonitoring to take extra measures to close the funding channels. We are now exploring the possibility of freezing funds in accounts and the banking information used for supporting extremist and terrorist organizations," Nikitin said.
Nikitin said the fight against such websites requires serious equipment because various 'mirror' extremist websites are being created. "Extremists are advanced in this issue. For this reason, there is a need to develop a mechanism on a federal level to restrict user access to extremist and terrorist websites," he said.
The official also said he believes there is a need to improve methods for deleting illegal information on the Internet without breaching the rights of Internet users.
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