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Russia blocked a record number of sites for 2022 in a week

During the week from December 5 to 11, the list of blocked sites was replenished most actively this year. Access to 14.8 thousand resources was closed, which is three times more than the average weekly indicator in 2022 (4.9 thousand), Kommersant reports with reference to Roskomsvoboda.

The last time a similar increase in the number of blocks occurred in 2021, when 18.1 thousand sites were blocked in the week from April 19, 2021, and in 2018, when 13.4 thousand were blocked between April 23 and 30, 2018. resources.

14% (2.1 thousand resources) of the total number of blockings last week fell on the decisions of some unnamed agency.

“Presumably, this is the Prosecutor General’s Office, because it was she who “suddenly” disappeared from the uploads,” Natalya Malysheva, press secretary of Roskomsvoboda, explained to the publication.

Apparently, this is due to the draft order, which was presented by Roskomnadzor in December. In accordance with the document, the department received the right not to disclose information about the decisions of the Prosecutor General's Office.

According to Karen Kazaryan, CEO of the Internet Research Institute, the reason for such a surge in blocking may be purely formal: “the end of the year is approaching, it’s time for reports.” He noted that access to sites is often closed, which no one would pay attention to without the fact of blocking: “the logic of blocking does not always correspond to the proportionality of threats.”

Russia blocked a record number of sites for 2022 in a week