Roskomnadzor blocked the mirror of Alexei Navalny’s website at navalny.app this morning. According to Vladislav Zdolnikov, the site was launched on the night of July 27, and the next morning it began to be blocked with the help of TSPU – equipment that telecom operators were required to install under the Runet Isolation Law, which came into force in November 2019.
This law allows the authorities to isolate the Russian segment of the Internet and filter incoming Internet traffic. The Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications and Roskomnadzor in connection with it developed new requirements and rules for Internet providers, owners of cross-border and technological communication lines, as well as owners of autonomous system numbers and traffic exchange points.
As Zdolnikov emphasized, for the first time TSPU was used to block the site. Prior to that, using this equipment, Roskomnadzor only slowed down Twitter.
The site appeared in the Roskomnadzor register several hours after its launch. The reason for blocking it was the same resolution of the Prosecutor General’s Office of June 15, as for the original Navalny website navalny.com.
Navalny’s website was blocked by Roskomnadzor yesterday. In addition to him, the websites of Lyubov Sobol, Leonid Volkov, Oleg Stepanov, as well as RosZhKH, RosYama and all headquarters sites were blocked.
A total of 49 sites were blocked. One of the last publications on Navalny’s website before the blocking was investigation about the speaker of the State Duma Viacheslav Volodin.