MOSCOW - A Moscow court has ordered access be blocked to a website associated with Chechen separatists and those seeking to create an Islamist state in southern Russia's North Caucasus region, prosecutors said on Monday.
The court ruled that www.kavkazcenter.com, which operates from Finland, be placed on a federal list of materials deemed to be extremist, which serves as a guideline for Russian Internet providers.
By law, people surfing or spreading materials from the site will now be open to criminal prosecution. Russian providers mostly restrict access to materials listed as extremist by the state, but such rulings are poorly enforced and Russia cannot move to shutdown websites hosted in a third country.
"The website makes available to the public material that contains calls for extremist activity, (and) the threat of terrorist attacks," the chief prosecutors' office said on its website.