Websites with false information about banks might be blocked prior to judgement

Russia may adopt the law on pre-judicial blocking of websites with false information about banks and public companies. The side effect of combating panic among bank depositors will be the limitation of press freedom.
Chairman of the Duma Committee on Financial Markets Natalia Burykina and on information policy Alexei Mitrofanov prepared a draft law on the prevention of the spread of deliberately false information about banks ( "Vedomosti" learned copy). MPs propose to block sites that are found false information about banks, the banking system and public institutions - credit institutions and insurance companies and other organizations' trade in the securities market, the activity of which is provided for the publication of the consolidated financial statements. " By this means all organizations whose securities are traded on the stock exchange, said "Vedomosti" Mitrofanov. However, some law enforcement agencies in their review, have already offered to extend the protection to all business organizations, said the MP.

Distributors such information threaten fines (up to 1 million rubles.) And criminal liability (corrective labor or imprisonment for up to two years).

Complain to the website with the wrong information to the Prosecutor General can any organization andand citizen. The prosecutor sends the requirement for blocking access to the site to Roskomnadzor, and the one - carriers. Simultaneously Roskomnadzor must be notified about the problem hosting provider (host), which is placed on the servers site with misleading information about banks. Hoster in turn reported it to the site owner, and if he will remove the disputed information, the access to the resource is restored. On a similar principle sites (see. Incision on p. 15) has already been blocked in Russia.

The bill has been sent for examination to the Government and the Supreme Court, he told "Vedomosti" Burykina. After receiving feedback MPs will decide whether to make it to the State Duma, she specified. With the government project has not yet been agreed, said the officer of the government. A friend of one of the developers said that the idea of ​​the bill approved by the leadership of the Bank of Russia. "This is a timely and necessary bill, in general, we support it," - confirms the representative of the Central Bank.

The first deputy chairman of Bank of Russia Alexei Simanovskiy in late December offered to introduce criminal liability for disseminating lozhnoy status information banks.

The need for the bill, the authors explain that the false information about the bank can lead to serious consequences, not only for the credit institutions themselves, but also for the entire banking system as a whole.

The purpose of the bill - to eliminate panic, unfair competition, which is observed today: it causes great damage to the economy, says Mitrofanov. He assures that the bill will fall by the information disseminated by any means: the media, the Internet, via leaflets. Various blacklists of banks, the Central Bank who allegedly preparing to revoke a license, began to spread in the autumn. Then the regulator started a war with the banks involved in "doubtful transactions". Licenses have already lost 29 banks, while another two were sanitized with the participation of the Deposit Insurance Agency.

In addition, an information pattern in recent years, much has changed, said Mitrofanov. Along with the media began to play a greater role of Internet bloggers, whose publication can be used for phishing attacks. Therefore, one ofthe key points of the bill - the next extension of the list of grounds for pre-trial blocking of Internet resources, said Mitrofanov. The sanctions provided for by the draft law, it considers reasonable. But do not rule out that later they can be equated with punishment for slander - these are some of the recommendations of the Office with which the document was sent for approval, said Mitrofanov. The current article on defamation (article 128.1 of the Criminal Code) does not provide for imprisonment, the most severe punishment - a fine of up to 5 million rubles. or up to 480 hours of compulsory work.

Banks support the initiative of deputies. The idea to establish responsibility for such information - is correct, though, you may need to finalize the details, the chairman of the board of directors, "MDM Bank" Oleg Vyugin. Cases of dissemination of false information there permanently, he said. Another banker says that the introduction of pre-trial blocking of websites - the answer is on the latest developments. Other network resources easily spread unverified information on banks, while in major business media soe is rare, he said.

The State Duma should be a moratorium on the adoption of the toughening of laws - it is becoming indecent, says CEO of the publishing house "Komsomolskaya Pravda" Vladimir Sungorkin. This is a new "club", which complicate and so difficult work of the press. This is especially true of regions where media are increasingly getting lawsuits, prescription Roskomnadzor and where case law is on the medieval level. Lock site - a desperate measure to modern media, agrees Deputy General Director, Member of the Board of Directors of "RESO-Garantia" Igor Ivanov. This, in essence, a road to nowhere, indicating that the initiators of the project recognize the ineffectiveness of a modern judicial system.

Punishing should be the one who creates the false information, but none of its spreading, the chairman, Mikhail Fedotov, the Human Rights Council. But the creator must be sought, and the media is always there to punish him easier. But then do not be surprised charges in limiting freedom of the press continues to Fedotov. A block sites altogether pointless - appeared onthe bottom of the website information after the lock immediately moved to another resource.