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Daghestan ISP Blocks YouTube Over Anti-Islamic Film

A still from the YouTube trailer for "Innocence of Muslims," which ignited Muslim protests over its depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.
The private Summa Telekom firm, which provides Internet access in Russia's mostly Muslim republic of Daghestan in the North Caucasus, has blocked YouTube to prevent access to a controversial film trailer mocking the Prophet Muhammad.

Company representatives said on September 22 that the popular video-sharing online resource had been blocked in accordance with a request from law-enforcement officials to prevent viewing the film "Innocence Of Muslims."

The film, which was privately made in the United States, reportedly by an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian, sparked violent protests and attacks on U.S. and Western embassies across the Islamic world.

Russia's prosecutor-general filed a petition last week requesting the movie be qualified as "extremist" and banned in Russia.

Moscow's Tverskoi District Court is scheduled to start hearings on the petition on October 17.

Based on reporting by RIA-Novosti and "Kommersant"