Court bans a Jehovah's Witnesses work-around to access literature on Internet


Website of Northwestern Transport Prosecutor's Office, 29 June 2017


On the basis of a petition from the Syktyvkar transport prosecutor, a court enjoined the posting of information on the Internet about dissemination of extremist materials.


In the course of monitoring the Internet, the Syktyvkar transport prosecutor's office discovered a website containing information about how to install on a smartphone, tablet, and other personal means of communication a mobile app that enables access to literature that is included on the Federal List of Extremist Materials and is used by members of the religious organization "Administrative Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia," which has been ruled in Russia to be extremist and liquidated in accordance with the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.


The federal law "On information, information technologies and protection of information" prohibits the dissemination of information for which criminal or administrative accountability has been provided.


In order to prevent citizens' access to the aforementioned website, the transport prosecutor's office sent the court a petition to find information posted on it to be forbidden for distribution on the territory of the Russian federation.


By decision of the court, the petition of the prosecutor's office was granted in full.


After the court's decision takes legal effect it will be sent to the Roskomnadzor for inclusion in the Uniform Register of Domain Names and Indexes of Pages of Websites on the Internet and Internet Addresses, which permits one to identify websites in the Internet that contain information that is prohibited in the Russian federation. (tr. by PDS, posted 3 July 2017)

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