Belarusian Internet provider passes KGB warning to their clients

2009 2009-05-14T17:14:24+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 13  May the clients of SOLO Internet service provider have received a strange letter from the director of the company.

The letter reads:

‘Dear customers of SOLO Company!

The state agencies of the Republic of Belarus (the Council of Ministers, the presidential Administration, the State Secretariat of the Security Council) have worked out and adopted a package of measures aimed to prevent propagation of extremist ideas among young people. For realization of this package of measures the State security bodies of Belarus are charged with organization of joint (in cooperation with interested organizations) control over use of computer networks. The aim is to prevent possible dissemination of illegal materials through them.

In line with the letter of the Central district division of the directorate of the State Security Committee (KGB) of Belarus for Minsk and Minsk region of 13.03.2009 #33/32-34n/s we notify you that dissemination (opening for public access and so on) extremist and other illegal information is unlawful.’

The warning letter is signed by the director of SOLO Company Uladzimir Ivashkevich.

Representatives of the Internet service provider have confirmed to the website the fact that the warning letter had been sent, but withheld comments.