Most Russians still favor web censorship, but those attitudes are changing

A majority of Russians supports the censorship of the internet, according to a poll carried out late September and published this week by the independent Levada Center (as spotted by the Moscow Times). The research outfit found that 54 percent of the 1,630 respondents, spread across Russia, agreed that there was a need for web censorship. However, that was down from 63 percent a couple years before – and the percentage of respondents opposed to online censorship was up from 19 to 31. Unsurprisingly, those in favor of online censorship were more likely to be people who don’t use the internet, like a third of Russians. A recent law allows Russian authorities to censor the output of bloggers as they do with broadcast journalists.