Infringement of Internet Freedom in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. Overview for March 13 — April 13

We regularly monitor incidents and violations of Internet freedom in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. The results of the monitoring with description are available on the MAP OF VIOLATIONS.


To block or not to block? In April, the government institutions will provide opinion on blocking websites based on court judgements. We remind that the Cabinet of Ministers assigned the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine, and the National Police to submit their proposals by the end of April, according to the Action Plan for 2017 on Implementation of Cybersecurity Strategy of Ukraine.

Freedom House evaluates reforms in Ukraine: better in local self-government, justice, and fighting against corruption, and worse in civil society. Freedom House also predicts the development of political processes in Ukraine for 2017. DETAILS

Are they really hackers? On March 28, the State Property Fund reported attacks on their website. There have been dozens of such statements in the past half a year. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DDoS ATTACKS ON WEBSITES?

Protection from Internet piracy or restricting access to content? Ukraine introduces pre-trial method of regulating copyright on the Internet. HOW WILL IT WORK?

On March 23, the SSU waged war against an online service YouControl. The service provides users information about companies and self-employed persons in Ukraine based on data from state registries. HOW THE SSU EXPLAINS SEARCHES

The SSU also detained administrators of 10 anti-Ukrainian groups on Facebook, VKontakte, and Odnoklassniki, on suspicion that they cooperate with the FSB (the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation). According to the testimony of one of the detained persons, “one post cost 100 UAH” (about $4). DETAILS

“How to protect your loved ones on the Internet?” The participants of discussion held by NGO “Internews Ukraine” on March 15 talked about the dangers of the Internet and privacy. FIND OUT MORE


For a post on the Internet that read “Crimea is Ukraine”, Russia put Crimean Tatar Suleiman Kadyrov on the list of extremists. And deprived him of his sole source of income. READ MORE


Over 47% of Russians are ready to live without the Internet, according to the Russian state sociologists.

Also, 62% of Russians are for prohibiting children age under 14 to use social networks. What is the goal of such surveys? FIND OUT MORE HERE

Livejournal with the taste of FSB (the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation). The service has changed the terms of use, and servers moved from California to Russia. WHY?

Russia to block websites without court judgement. Russia’s Investigative Committee (a body similar to Prosecutor General’s Office in Ukraine) suggested that Roskomnadzor makes autonomous decisions on which websites to block. DETAILS

Ukrainian migrant workers will not help their families. Russia banned money transfers to Ukraine through international payment systems. MORE HERE


‘Long arms.’ Russia tried to block Belarusian online magazine KUKU. LAWYERS EXPLAIN

Belarusian authorities ‘hunted’ on activists prior to and on the Freedom Day, March 25. They also arrested journalists, bloggers, and human rights activists. DETAILS

The previous report about incidents and violations of Internet freedom is available here.

The overview has been written by NGO “Internews Ukraine” as part of implementing the project Internet Freedom in Ukraine: Supporting the Principles of Freedom of Speech and Security in the Time of Conflict.”



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