Roskomnadzor issued a warning to foreign social networks on the prohibition of political advertising on September 7 and 8. According to the agency’s Twitter, violation of the “days of silence” will be regarded as an obstacle to the conduct of elections and interference in the sovereign affairs of the country.
According to the website of Roskomnadzor, the corresponding letters were sent to Facebook, Instagram, Google and YouTube.
According to the law “On Basic Guarantees of Electoral Rights and the Right to Participate in the Referendum of Citizens of the Russian Federation” (Federal Law No. 67 of the Russian Federation), campaigning lasts no more than 28 days and ends one day before the day of voting.
On August 11, Andrei Klimov, deputy chairman of the Federation Council on Foreign Affairs, said that “foreign opponents” were manipulating participants in the agreed action on August 10 using YouTube. Who exactly is meant by opponents, he did not specify.
On the same day, Roskomnadzor sent Google a request to ban advertising of uncoordinated mass rallies through its services. The agency indicated that “some entities” advertise their stock through push notifications on YouTube.