[TheMoscowTimes] Internet Censorship Faces Obstacles

As the number of websites banned or blocked under the new Internet law continues to grow, the country's media watchdog backpedaled Tuesday by acknowledging that censoring content was technically and legally difficult, and it promised to remove popular sites from the blacklist. [...]

But critics say the law's implementation lacks transparency. The blacklist is not publicly available and operates solely via the Zapret-info.gov.ru site, where users can anonymously submit information about harmful content. Affected site owners have complained that they were not warned and have questioned the blacklist's rationale. [...]

Analysts agreed that attempts to create a Russian analogue to China's Great Firewall would be both ineffective and counterproductive. [...]