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Tuesday, 03 January 2012 12:02

Belarus stops people seeing foreign websites

Written by Nick Farell



Stalinism alive and well


Belarus, the nation which is so much like Stalinist Russia that the only outcry is when someone breaks into Parliament and steals the next election results, has decided to forbid people from seeing foreign sites.

A law passed in the Republic of Belarus imposes restrictions on visiting and using foreign websites by Belarusian citizens and residents. Under this new Law, the violation of these rules is recognized as a misdemeanor and is punished by fines of varied amounts, up to the equivalent of $125.

It applies to all companies and individuals who are registered as entrepreneurs in Belarus. You are still allowed to use email, but business requests from Belarus cannot be served over the Internet if the service provider is using online services located outside of the country.

The tax authorities, together with the police and secret police, are authorized to initiate, investigate, and prosecute such violations. Of course the government might shut you down if you break the laws too. The Belarus government is terrified that its 9.49 million citizens will discover that other countries are doing quite well without autocratic rulers like Alexander Lukashenko.

Nick Farell

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0 #1 milkod2001 2012-01-03 12:48
sounds like a bad joke, is this for real?
if so it only speed up the process of replacing the government
 
 
+1 #2 Jigar 2012-01-03 13:05
Quoting milkod2001:
sounds like a bad joke, is this for real?
if so it only speed up the process of replacing the government


There is no democracy so they don't care. Also Mr. Lukashenko has taken over the country like a king and opposition party are unable to fight back. In-short this country is begging for foreign invasion.
 
 
+3 #3 noel1993 2012-01-03 13:35
Stop Online Perestroika Act
 
 
0 #4 Kryojenix 2012-01-03 15:25
Belarus relies on Russia for support. I hope the Russian people can rise up against Putin and the corrupt oligarchs and take their place in the world as a highly educated and cultured society. Then place pressure on Belarus to reform and for Lukashenko to go.
 
 
0 #5 dicobalt 2012-01-03 17:54
See I don't get this. If they want to keep people from seeing foreign websites why don't they cut off their uplinks out of the country? Why do they bother with a law like this? It doesn't make sense. They must be trying to get people to incriminate themselves so they can be taken as political prisoners.
 
 
0 #6 AlB80 2012-01-04 22:31
1. New Law demands companies should hosts their sites inside Belarus or register it. Is it too bad?
2. New Law don't restrict access to foreign websites with exception if they violate Belarus's laws.
3. USA's laws are more strict and stupid, but they are paved with good intentions.
Have more fun with NDAA 2012.
 

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