A law in Russia that allows the government to blacklist and block websites that contain harmful content without any trial took effect on Thursday, the BBC News said.
This legislation was passed by the Russian Parliament and signed off by President Vladimir Putin in July, the Huffington Post said. The Russian government has said that this law is aimed to protect children from harmful Internet content, the Huffington Post said.
The banned websites will be managed by Roskomnadzor, Russia's Federal Service for Supervision in Telecommunications, Information Technology and Mass Communications, the BBC News said. These contents will not be available to the public, the BBC News said.
Many human rights group have said that this legislation, however, will increase censorship in the country, the BBC News said.
"It will be [an attack on] the freedom of speech on the internet," Yuri Vdovin, vice president of Citizens' Watch, said, the Huffington Post said.
A survey by the Levada Center in July showed, however, that 62% of the people supported the idea of a blacklist while 16% opposed it, the BBC News said.