Belarus can go without the Internet

Belarus can go without the InternetAfter the Christmas holidays Belarusians will be fined for viewing the "wrong" from the point of view of the state, websites, and avoiding the use of the national segment of the virtual space. Experts argue that this amounts to a ban on the use of the Internet.

Amendments to the Code of Administrative Offences, which oblige Belarusians use only those sites that are registered in the national segment of the Internet, will come into force on 6 January 2012. A fine of 40 to 125 dollars in the equivalent threatens those who would try to offer their products and services by placing the information on nebelorusskih sites. In the $ 125 cost a desire to see what is written at the level of the state prohibited sites. The same number of paid Internet service providers, if you do not shut off such sites. If the access points will not be established control over its visitors (subscriber identification devices and users, storing information about them and visited sites), they will have to pay a fine of 20 to 60 dollars equivalent. Monitor the implementation of the new requirements mandated KGB, the Interior Ministry, the SCC and the tax authorities.

Recall that the above amendments the lower chamber of parliament passed in the spring. In November, they approved and the upper house. The rules themselves are using the Internet in Belarus stated in the decree of the President 60.

While passionate about the pre-hassle Belarusians do not realize that in the new year for them, most likely, will not be available to them many familiar sites, such as international companies. "The Belarusian people today make up 2-3% of the number of visitors to Russian sites," – says business consultant Alex Shukaev. "What makes a company created for profit, in the case of Belarus will be notified of the need to move their servers on the local area? Correct: respecting the Belarusian legislation, it will block access to the resources of Belarus, as well as to provide information services illegally, it is not might as well do it legally it is not profitable, "- he says. According to experts, the implementation of the new requirements of the legislation would force the Belarusian law enforcers in the order of 150-200 million cases of administrative violations in the day. According to him, it is with such frequency Belarusians go to nebelorusskie sites.

The above perspective looming, if it is a literal reading of the legislation. So far, however, the Belarusian Internet users still is hope that their global world is not limited to sites that are registered in the domain zone by. It is difficult to believe that in the XXI century European country could be cut off from the Internet. These hopes were either destroyed or justify the first legal practice.

Nevertheless, to exclude the bitter version of events is not necessary, as it is consistent with the logic of the Belarusian authorities. Intention to regulate the Internet emerged after the presidential election. Political repression then walked to the backdrop of the rapid deterioration of living standards. The official media strongly zombie population, talking about armed to the teeth with the opposition seeking to disturb the peace and quiet of a stable of Belarus, and the intrigues of world imperialism and its debilitating economic foundations. Distrust of government turned including greater demand for alternative information. "Recently, we fix the demand for information without censorship" – shared with "NG" observations of the head of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Zhanna Litvin. Recall that the paper versions of nearly all independent media authority has already eliminated by economic means. In particular, companies are forbidden to advertise there, and the monopolist "Belpochta" refuses to distribute them. Thus, the alternative information can be obtained only from the Internet resource. By the way, two of the most pro-opposition to the Belarusian authorities information site is blacklisted resources to which access must be restricted. In addition, the emergence of the desire of the Belarusian authorities to take firm control and Internet space contributed to the spread of a new movement – Revolution through social networks.

Outraged statements regarding the violation of democratic principles Belarus has not announced just lazy. European officials keep saying that they will not engage in dialogue with the official Minsk to release all political prisoners. The U.S. Senate approved the Act on democracy, expanding the list of persons that are subject to sanctions by the management of special services. However, summing up the year diplomatic, international policy with regret that these efforts will not have any affect on the official Minsk. "For this year only in Belarus, I made 20 applications – does not work. Same thing we hear from our colleagues in the European Union. Has recently been joint EU and the United States – does not work. Policy of sanctions after the Customs Union has lost its effectiveness," – said in an interview with news agency Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis. "So you need to take something new," – he said. However, while new forms of influence can be heard.

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