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Russia Blocks Vimeo Over Islamic State Video

  • RFE/RL

Russia's state communications agency temporarily blocked access to the video-hosting website Vimeo after it posted a video from the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

State broadcasting regulator Roskomnadzor said on December 1 that Internet service providers in Russia "banned access to video hosting [site] Vimeo" based on a request by the Russian prosecutor's office because of a video on the website from the IS militant group called "Flames of War."

Vimeo told RFE/RL in a statement that it removed the video the same day and requested that the Russian government restore access to the channel.

A Roskomnadzor spokesman said later that the block was removed.

Social media sites have been under legal pressure in Russia to register as mass media outlets.

With reporting by TASS and