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You'll Tell Your Children About The Great Pornhub-Russia War Of 2016

Russia's media watchdog blocked access to two porn sites and suggested viewers could go meet people in real life instead.

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Disappointing pornography fans across Russia, the government's censorship arm, Roskomnadzor, blocked access to Pornhub and YouPorn on Tuesday.

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The move implements earlier court decisions, TJournal reports, and will be reviewed later, according to the Moscow Times.


Back then, Roskomnadzor — known in English as the much wordier Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media — offered a distressed internet porn viewer some advice.

Today, the agency tweeted that its advice to "internet lovers" is still relevant.

Дорогие любители интернета, совет до сих пор актуален, если что.


"My dears, @roscomnadzor, won't you come up with something new?" she wrote. "Do you think it's possible to enter the same river twice?" the agency replied.

@mrrborisova думаете, можно в одну реку войти дважды?

"You can enter anything twice, you would know that if you hadn't blocked Pornhub," Twitter user @badamshin_s chimed in.

Дважды войти можно во что угодно, Вы бы это знали, если бы порнхаб не блокировали

But at least one person claims to have benefited from the censorship agency's suggestion to find a partner IRL: "After the porn site was blocked I took @roscomnadzor's famous advice. We're getting married soon."

Pornhub also weighed in:

.@roscomnadzor if we give you guys a Pornhub Premium account, will you un ban Pornhub in Russia?

But the agency wasn't amused:

@Pornhub sorry, we are not in the market and the demography is not a commodity.

The Russian government has encouraged people to procreate in order to combat a demographic crisis.

Things just escalated from there:

.@BarackObama please pardon @Snowden. Russia just blocked, he needs out ASAP!

The company also clarified that the Russian version of the site was still available.

To our Russian friends: is not blocked / Всем нашим Русским друзьям незаблокированный

UPDATE has also been blocked, according to RosKomSvoboda, a project that monitors internet censorship in Russia.

Susie Armitage is the Global Managing Editor and is based in New York.

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