YouTube blocking experienced on Omsk users of Rostelecom

    The beginning of the story, presumably, was laid by the Minister of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov, who wrote on his Twitter about a possible blocking of YouTube in November . But they did not wait for November.
    On September 18, at about five o'clock in the evening in Moscow, messages were sent from Rostelecom users in Omsk about blocked access to, and the Interfax agency, whose correspondent living in Omsk was just a Rostelecom subscriber, managed to get a comment from tech support:

    “ The restriction of access to the resource probably occurred on the recommendation of Roskomnadzor and on the basis of a warning from the Prosecutor General of Russia to telecom operators about the need to restrict access to sites that contain extremist material " . Source .

    Then, Prime agency received a refutation from Rostelecom's director of public relations Kira Kiryukhina:

    “Rostelecom did not restrict access to the YouTube site anywhere in the country . Source .

    By this time, YouTube had already begun to work, but the story was not over yet - today a message appeared on the Rostelecom website that the blocking really took place on the basis of a letter from the Omsk Region Prosecutor's Office .

    Does the prosecutor's office really have the right to order the provider to block access to a resource whose material has not yet been recognized by the court as extremist? If so, why did Rostelecom still open access within 7 hours after blocking? And why only in Omsk, other citizens do not need to be protected from terrible extremism?

    New details: The Omsk Oblast Prosecutor’s Office press service said it demanded to restrict access only to the video itself and not to all YouTube. Source .

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