MOSCOW, April 9 - RAPSI, Dmitry Filonov. Experts from the telecoms and drug control regulators have approved the new wording of the Wikipedia article on cannabis smoking and will start the procedure of removing it from the black list of prohibited websites shortly, a telecoms watchdog (Roskomnadzor) representative told RIA Novosti.
"We received the new wording of the article on cannabis and sent it to the experts, who have decided that it now meets our requirements," said Roskomnadzor representative Vladimir Pikov.
On Friday, representatives of Russian-language Wikipedia published the watchdog's notification on the blacklisting of the article on smoking cannabis for containing information about ways of smoking the drug. The Wikipedia authors decided to edit the article, rather than to delete it.
Pikov said the telecoms regulator hopes that Wikipedia authors will also edit the other prohibited 11 articles on the global online encyclopedia.
The black list of websites was approved on November 1, 2012 and is monitored by Roskomnadzor. It includes above all websites which contain child pornography, ways of committing suicide and drug making instructions. If a website is found to be hosting this kind of information, it may be closed without the courts' involvement.
If a website contains other kinds of prohibited information, the decision to close it can only be taken by a court. According to the rules of register keeping, the sites management has three days to delete the prohibited information. Otherwise telecoms operators will block access to the site in Russia.