On Protecting Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development

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Federal Law of Russian Federation no. 436-FZ of 2010-12-23 “On Protection of Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development” (Russian: Федеральный закон Российской Федерации от 29 декабря 2010 г. N 436-ФЗ «О защите детей от информации, причиняющей вред их здоровью и развитию») is a content rating law passed in Russia in 2010.

An amending law was enacted in July 2012. That law contained changes to other laws, introducing a "child-protecting" Internet blacklist not related to this law, so Russian Wikipedia protested the bill with a blackout (ru).

The law prohibits the distribution of "harmful" material to minors depending on age, including material which "may elicit fear, horror, or panic in children", or depicts violence, unlawful activities, substance abuse, or self-harm. It has been amended twice; an amendment in 2012 instituted a mandatory content rating system for material distributed through an "information and telecommunication network" (covering television and the internet), and, in other laws, established a blacklist for censoring websites which describe suicide, glorify illegal drugs, or contain child pornography.[1][2][3][4] A second amendment passed in 2013 adds "propaganda" of "non-traditional sexual relationships" as a class of harmful content under the law.

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  1. ^ "Amendments to the law on protecting children from information harmful to their health and development". Kremlin.ru. Government of Russia. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Law on protecting children from negative and harmful information". Kremlin.ru. Government of Russia. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Russia awaits verdict on a new TV censorship law". Russia Behind the Headlines. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Russia internet blacklist law takes effect". BBC News. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 

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