The number of restrictions has increased almost six times.
In 2018 in the Russian Internet hard seen increased restriction of freedom, said experts of the international human rights group “Agora” in its report “freedom of the Internet in 2018”. According to lawyers, in 2018 in Russia recorded 662 842 of the fact of restriction of freedom on the Internet. This is 5.7 times more than in 2017 (115 706).
In the report “Agora” it is noted that most of the restrictions (488 609) associated with the resource locks on the Internet. Second paragraph — the prohibition information. Experts have found that for the year in Runet was banned 161 171 web page.
One of the reasons for the increase in cases of restrictions of Internet freedom is to block messenger Telegram. For 2018, the country banned the messenger tried to block in various ways. Despite the attempt of Roskomnadzor, the Russians still continue to use Telegram because, according to the users access messenger is not closed.
Also according to human rights activists, Russian authorities have decided to change the strategy of control over the Internet. Instead of prosecuting users, they begin to seek the control of popular web platforms, said the “Agora”.