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43% Russians Use Internet Every Day – Study

MOSCOW, March 16 (RIA Novosti) – The number of daily web users in Russia grew 13 percent to 50.1 million adult population over the past winter, according to a new study published this week by the state-run Public Opinion Foundation.

Forty-three percent of all grownup Russians go online every day, according to the study, which is based on a series of 20 weekly polls that covered a total of 30,000 respondents.

The number of weekly web surfers stood at about 61 million (53 percent of all Russian adults), and 64 percent, or 55 percent of all adults, use the Internet at least once a month, according to the study.

The previous study, published in December, put the number of daily Internet users at 46.8 million and monthly users at 61.1 million. The figures stood at 3 million and 7 million, respectively, in the pollster’s first study of Internet usage in Russia, released in early 2003.
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Russian Watchdog Criticizes Google Over Suicide Videos

MOSCOW, March 18 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s consumer rights watchdog hit out at Google and YouTube on Monday over what it called online suicide instruction videos.

“Google Russia and YouTube LLC express their position based solely on a threat to the freedom of access to information on the Internet,” the Rospotrebnadzor watchdog said in a statement.

The watchdog’s statement came after YouTube, Google’s video sharing unit, filed a lawsuit against Rospotrebnadzor over a decision to block a video containing alleged “harmful” material. A preliminary hearing into the case began on Friday.
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Voice of Russia moves into Chinese media space

The Voice of Russia state-owned radiobroadcasting company has inked major partnership deals with two Chinese media giants as part of a package of documents signed during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow. VOR’s Chinese partners – the Renminwang news portal and China Radio International (CRI) - need no introduction. Both are leading players on the Chinese media market.

“We are opening our media space to each other,” VOR President Andrei Bystritsky said, commenting on the event.

"Our friendship with the CRI has been a longstanding one, our relationship deep and warm. The agreement we have signed will enable us to bring the Chinese audiences stories about Russia – its culture, history and modern life – on a wider scale. We, for our part, are helping the CRI in a similar way. But perhaps the best illustration to my words for the audiences to judge from will be the programs that we will prepare in cooperation with the CRI. That will be far more interesting, I assure you. Those will be interesting, exciting and very informative programs".

By contrast, Renminwang, a web portal of China’s central newspaper Renmin Ribao (People’s Daily), has not been on the VOR partners’ list until this year. But being a new partner doesn’t make it any less interesting for us, Mr. Bystritsky remarked.
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Net result: Russia’s Public Chamber to get web-elected members

The bill allowing direct internet elections to the Public Chamber – Russia’s top consulting panel of national agencies and officials – has passed the first reading in the lower house.

The new bill raises the number of the Public Chamber members from current 126 to 166 people and introduces new rules for forming the body. Eighty-three members of the chamber will represent the regional public chambers, 40 members will be appointed by the president and 43 activists will be elected by citizens through direct internet voting.

If the approval goes according to the schedule the new system would start working from summer 2014.

First formed in 2006, the Public Chamber is currently the supreme consultative body in the country engaged both in discussion of new legislative initiatives and in protection of citizens’ rights and freedoms.
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MOSCOW, March 28 (RIA Novosti) – You may be able to “friend” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Facebook, but that’s no excuse to get familiar.

That was the message coming out of Medvedev’s office on Thursday in response to some web-users’ impudently using a diminutive version of the premier’s name.

“I don’t get people who write on Facebook, for example, ‘Go Dimon, good for you, you were really on fire,’ Medvedev spokeswoman Natalya Timakova told Golos Rossii (Voice of Russia) radio station in an interview.

“He’s not Dimon to you – he’s the head of the government,” she said.
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Consumer watchdog demands shutdown of 1,500 websites over child suicide info

Quoting the fresh law on children’s protection, Russian consumer rights agency Rospotrebnadzor has suggested blacklisting over 1,500 websites containing various data on suicide.

Rospotrebnadzor has checked over 1,700 sites and found that over 1,500 of them should be banned, Russia’s chief sanitary inspector Gennady Onishchenko told the press on Tuesday. The official said that more web-resources could face blockage by the state as the search for the outlawed information continues.

“The creation of such websites itself has negative consequences as users get a wrong understanding that suicide is a quite a normal action and this is one of the most dangerous forms of suicide propaganda,” reads the agency’s release.

Sites that posted jokes about suicides, as well as humorous and sarcastic calls to commit suicide, must be banned as well as those that post suicide propaganda disguised as works of literature, Rospotrebnadzor stated, without listing any violators by name.

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Roscomnadzor to wait for answer from Wikipedia

MOSCOW, April 6 (Itar-Tass) - The community of authors of the Russian version of Wikipedia, the Internet-based encyclopaedia, are discussing how to delete or correct the articles, which Roscomnadzor has banned. The authority put on the registrar of banned sites a total of 15 pages of the Internet resource, but Wikipedia have got information on six of those only.

The regulative authority has asked for a valid address of electronic mail to communicate with the resource’s managers.

“We need to solve the issue of contacts. We would like to have an e-mail address, which is used regularly,” the authority’s press secretary Vladimir Pikov said adding Roscomnadzor would be expecting constructive actions from the Internet resource and as yet would not be closing access to entire Wikipedia.
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MOSCOW, April 7 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s national Internet domain .ru marks its 19th anniversary on Sunday.

On April 7, 1994, the Russian Internet space was registered in the international data base of national domains of the upper level, which is supported by IANA /The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority/.

Back in 1992, three independent applications for the right to administer the Russian national domain were filed by three Russian companies, Itar-Tass Telecom says. The new national domain became possible only after Russia’s major Internet providers signed in 1994 an agreement On Administration of the .RU Zone. Administration and technical support of the .ru national domain were delegated to the Russian Research Institute for Public Networks. At that time, the domain’s coordinating group began working.
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Meanwhile a full-fledged media scandal develops over the the interview given by director of the state-owned TV channel Konstantin Ernst to a liberal journalist Evgeniy Levkovich:
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Kadyrov Wants More Media Criticism

GROZNY, April 11 (RIA Novosti) - Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Thursday urged journalists working in his region to come up with unbiased criticism of any wrongdoing by the local authorities and officials.

“Who, if not you, will uncover the shortcomings and mistakes of the authorities? I call on you to impartially reveal all errors made by officials, this will only help us improve our work,” Kadyrov said at a meeting with journalists from local and federal media outlets.

“I’ve even invited human rights activists and asked them to voice all their complaints to me in person, instead of making up stories to please their foreign sponsors. No one was able to come up with any arguments,” he said.
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Voronezh prosecutors have warned a local school principal after advertisements inviting young women to work in escort services in Moscow were published on the school's website.

The website of School No. 40 "displayed advertisements about work opportunities for young women in Moscow in 'escort services' as well as a link to a site," the Voronezh region's prosecutor's office said in a statement.

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MOSCOW — A controversial interview with Konstantin Ernst, general director of state-owned Channel One, has caused a scandal on social networks and in the media, raising questions of press freedom and journalist ethics.

The interview was conducted in 2008 by Yevgeny Levkovich, who was a freelance correspondent for the Russian edition of Rolling Stone magazine. He had tried to publish it for five years before posting it on his blog on website Snob.ru on Thursday. No other major media outlet accepted it for publication.

In the interview, Ernst, who is running Russia’s most popular television station and is seen as the country’s media demiurge, touched upon sensitive issues such as the pro-government bias on television, regular meetings between Kremlin officials and top editors, as well as the murder of Vladislav Listyev, a famous TV anchor who was often compared with American television star Larry King and who was shot in the head at the entrance to his apartment building in March 1995.
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MOSCOW — Russian Wikipedia edited an article on cannabis smoking on Monday, after being told that it could be shut down under the Internet content law passed last year.

“The article has been edited. The user community of Wikipedia decided against removing the article” said Stanislav Kozlovsky, acting director of Wikimedia RU, Itar-Tass reported.

Wikipedia had said earlier in the day that it would only change the article if it were required to by U.S. authorities, since the web portal is based there, Vedomosti reported.
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MOSCOW, April 25 (RAPSI) - Russian internet users have set up a new association to campaign for their rights and freedoms in cyberspace, the Russian Pirate Party announced on Thursday.

"The Association of Internet Users (AIU) was established in April 2013 in response to numerous laws restricting online freedom in Russia, including the freedoms of speech and expression. The association will protect the rights of Internet users," the association said in a statement on its official website, Freerunet.Ru.
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