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" 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 among minors, 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 added "propaganda" promoting "Non-traditional sexual relationships" as a class of harmful content under the law.


  1. ^ "Amendments to the law on protecting children from information harmful to their health and development". Kremlin.ru. Government of Russia. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. 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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