Russia has blocked the free Internet


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8.12.11.Rossiya blocked OSCE declaration on freedom of the Internet, which refers to the freedom of expression in cyberspace.

In response, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Russia believes the Internet threatening its political system, and called the elections free and fair. After that, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov left the summit, without waiting for the final meeting and refused to approve the declaration of freedom in cyberspace.

At the OSCE summit in Vilnius Russia and several other countries have blocked the "Declaration on Fundamental Freedoms in the Digital Age." In support of the declaration at the summit U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "We must recognize that the rights of people use the Internet, deserve protection no less than the rights of man in real space — the words Clinton, The New York Times. — Fundamental freedoms — freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of association and religion — that are applicable to the conversation in Twitter, a meeting organized by a group in Facebook, no less than to the public demonstrations. "

It was with a group on the internet — in social networks Facebook and Twitter — in the Arab world for revolution. The last Russian protests are organized through social networks in a matter of hours. So, less than a day the number of people who are going to go out on Saturday to protest in Revolution Square in Moscow, according to create a group in Facebook has grown by 2.5 times. At 10 am Thursday confirmed their participation 24.5 thousand. Through social networks in a short time have been organized protests Monday on Clean Ponds and Tuesday at Triumph Square. And all this time, starting from the day of the elections, independent media sites and Livejournal were DDoS-attacks.

The draft declaration, in particular, states that "restrictions on freedom of expression on the Internet are acceptable only if they meet the international standards", and

"Force blocking entire sites, IP-addresses, ports, network protocols, or specific kinds of Internet resources (eg, social networks) is a measure of last resort."

According to the declaration, imposed by the State or ISP filters that are beyond the control of the users must be considered censorship. The state also has an obligation to take care that the internet was available to all.

European countries, USA and Canada, the majority of members of the OSCE 56 countries approved the document, but the decisions in the organization only accepted unanimously. The representatives of the observer mission of the OSCE in the Russian parliamentary elections, presented the report. After hearing the report, Clinton described the elections as not being "neither free nor fair", expressing the view of the deterioration of Russian-American relations. She also criticized the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko in Kiev, and the involvement of the Belarusian opposition to justice on criminal charges.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded by accusing the United States of imposing double standards "and left Vilnius, without waiting for the final meeting of the summit.

TEXT: Xenia Solyanskaya

Source: BBC

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