The number of queries in Google from Russian state bodies and law enforcement agencies to remove content amounted to 13.2% as of January 1, 2017. Its Transparency Report, Google regularly release.
Requests from Russia amounted to more than half of all requests to remove content Google received from around the world: agencies of all other countries in total was sent to the U.S. Corporation only 9.3 thousand requests to limit access to illegal information.
85% of the Russian requests were made to ensure «national security,» according to the report. Another 5% queries related to «criticism of the authorities», 2% were related to suicide promotion and other violations of Russian law. Google granted 74% of Russian applications – such resources have been blocked or deleted.
In its report, Google cites a number of examples of content that has requested to block Russia. The state authorities of the Russian Federation required to remove information about the terrorist attacks in Grozny in Chechnya in one of the blogs. Also, the Corporation has restricted access to some materials on the terrorist group «Islamic state» has blocked the access from Russia to the «Cookbook anarchist» by William Powell – a manual for the manufacture of drugs and explosive devices from non-prohibited chemicals and items.
The main activity of Russian officials occurred during the second half of 2016 – during this period, Google received more than 11 million requests. According to statistics from Google, most of the queries, namely 43.4 per cent in the last six months concerned the video on YouTube, 43,2% were related to web search. At the request of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Google blocked in Russia 160 YouTube videos that supposedly contained extremist materials.
In the Russian Federation rules about blocking of Internet resources in force since 2012. Under the pretext of protecting children «from information harmful to their health and development», in Russia we approved the rule on extrajudicial blocking of websites that disseminate «extremist information» and inciting riots. The right to block sites received in addition to the courts, the Prosecutor General of Russia, tax service, Roskomnadzor and Rospotrebnadzor, Ministry of interior and Federal service for control over drug trafficking. On the basis of this law, the Prosecutor General’s office has shut down opposition news websites «Face.PY», «Kasparov.ru», «Daily log».
July 21, deputies of the State Duma of Russia adopted in the third reading the law on regulation of messengers and ban means block bypass sites.
Russia ranked first in the world in requests for content removal to Google 25.07.2017