On 17 September Federal Supervision Agency of the Russian Federation for Information Technologies and Communications (Roskomnadzor) informed the editorial office of Portal-Credo.Ru that one of its pages had been included in the Uniform Register of Banned Names, Indicators of Website Pages and IP Addresses Containing the Information not Allowed for Distribution in the Russian Federation. According to Portal-Credo.Ru correspondent, the page specified by Roskomnadzor contains the article on the attitude of various religious organizations (mostly in the Western countries) towards euthanasia. The article was published in June 2004.
As stated in the Roskomnadzor notice, access to Portal Credo.Ru would be restricted, should no measure be taken in order to delete the banned article and/or restrict the access to the web page.
In its accompanying letter Roskomnadzor informed Portal-Credo.Ru that the relevant decision had been taken by the agency on 16 September and that it was to be implemented within 24 hours. In the agency’s opinion, the article contains the information about the ways of committing suicide and the calls for suicidal acts.
In his comment on this decision of Roskomnadzor, Alexander Soldatov, Editor-in-Chief of Portal-Credo.Ru, expressed his unaffected surprise over the level of competence of the agency’s clerks who had drafted the paper. Portal-Credo.Ru has never published any calls for suicide, any such call being a crime in and of itself. He also noted that the article on the attitude of various religious organizations towards euthanasia did not contain any description of the ways of committing a suicide. However, since Portal-Credo.Ru is subject to the laws of the Russian Federation, the editorial office of the website has acted in accordance with this decision. Alexander Soldatov also expressed his astonishment over the fact that the decision did not stipulate any procedure of lodging an appeal against it.
In February and March 2015 Roskomnadzor already took the “state measures aimed at the extraordinary inspection” of Portal-Credo.Ru, and in late 2014 – early 2015 a series of court trials had been held in the city of Vladimir with a view to acknowledge the “Bailiff Piety” documentary film, the reference to which had been published by Portal-Credo, as extremist.