A gross human rights violation occurred in Russia on Thursday night: the government blocked Canadian bobsledder Justin Kripp's website — a wondrous place where one could, if they wanted, find shirtless pictures of Canada's bearded, muscley bobsled team. Kripps doesn't know why this happened. (If we were Kripps, we'd probably start with the shirtless, underwear-clad, muscled bobsledders with the big gay following.)
Kripps tweeted that he noticed his site was blocked and tweeted the demonstrative Russian notice that he received:
A rough translation with input from The Atlantic's Olga Khazan:
Dear users: We are very sorry, but access to the requested content is forbidden.
Possible reasons include:
1) Access is forbidden because of a law or decision by the lawmakers of the Russian federation.
2) [not super clear] but something like "the content of this site falls under the single register of the Russian federation, access to which is forbidden."
[they're talking about the internet blacklist created in 2012]
3) The content of this site contains information that it is forbidden to distribute. [this is a register that aims to protect against copyright infringement that doesn't allow people to view infringing content, apparently.]
According to the notice, it's either a copyright, a blacklist, or Russian law. Kripps's site doesn't appear to violate a copyright —it's mostly personal tweets and blog posts. And we plugged in the address into the registry but didn't come away with any clear idea if it was on said blacklist. That bring us to the first reason on this list: Is Kripps violating a law? And if he's violating a Russian law, which one is it?