Russia to introduce tougher punishment for Internet use for terror purposes
Monday, April 9th, 2007

Text of report by Russian news agency Interfax

Moscow, 9 April: According to the National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC), some 5,000 websites are linked to terrorists.

“According to experts, today some 5,000 websites are being actively used by terrorists,” NAC official spokesman Nikolay Sintsov said in Moscow today at a round-table discussion [at the Russian Chamber of Commerce] dedicated to cooperation with mass media in the fight against terrorism. Sintsov added that in 1998 there were only 12 such websites in the Internet.

In this connection he said that the NAC is drafting proposals on a bill which would envisage tougher punishment for using the World Wide Web by terrorists. “We believe that tough measures must be taken to stop terrorist and extremist ideas from spreading in the Internet,” Sintsov said.

NAC experts are also drafting a terror threat scale. “According to this scale we intend to inform the population about possible terrorist attacks, including via mass media,” Sintsov said.

(Source: Interfax news agency, Moscow, in Russian 0724 gmt 9 Apr 07 via BBC Monitoring)