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Russian regulator threatens to block Twitter

• http://www.ft.com, By Kathrin Hille

 "We can block Twitter or Facebook in Russia tomorrow within a few minutes," Maksim Ksenzov, deputy head of Roskomnadzor, the telecom, IT and communications supervisory agency, said in an interview published by daily newspaper Izvestia on Friday.

ï»"If at any point we believe that the consequences of switching off social networks will be less significant than the damage done to Russian society by the unconstructive position of the leadership of international companies, we will do what we have to under the law," he added.

The remarks come as bloggers, civil rights advocates and internet companies are fretting over legal amendments which could transform Russias so far freewheeling online sphere into a much more controlled space.

 

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