The Moscow Times on suicide and Internet censorship.
"Russia’s suicide rates are among the world’s highest, with teenage suicide statistics being three times higher than the world average, according to a UNICEF report released last year.
Some site administrators said they had been treated unfairly. The owners of Pobedish.ru, which became the first known blacklist victim last week, complained in a home-page post that it had to delete a suicide-technique discussion written by psychologists in order to discourage at-risk users.
Critics fear that the law marks an end to the country’s hitherto relatively free Internet and point to a number of initiatives from the ruling United Russia party to further restrict the Web, such as requiring users to enter passport information when registering on social networks or banning the use of anonymizing proxy servers.
They say this is in line with a wider crackdown on the opposition since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency. As opposed to his tech-savvy predecessor, Dmitry Medvedev, Putin has said he has little use for the Internet. Last week, his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, supported a call to limit governors’ Twitter activity.
However, Putin said last year that he was against tighter Internet censorship.
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The Moscow Times"
"Yevgeny Remchenko, an analyst who runs the Neogeography.ru website, said the government should turn its policies around 180 degrees.
“Instead of blocking sites and creating taboo lists, they should invest in healthy, intellectually stimulating and positive campaigns,” he said.""