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Russia's Putin urges tough action against online extremism
October 26, 2017 / 11:57 AM / 23 days ago

Russia's Putin urges tough action against online extremism

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that law enforcement agencies must take tough action against persons and groups using the Internet for extremist ends.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint news conference with German President Frank Walter Steinmeier following their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov/Pool

“The security of Russia’s Internet must be heightened, we must fight against those using the information space to spread extremist ideas,” Putin told a meeting of Russia’s Security Council.

“At the same time, I would like to stress that there can be no talk about restricting access of law-abiding citizens to the worldwide web, about any pervasive barriers and filters,” he said.

Reporting by Darya Korsunskaya; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Christian Lowe

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