May 28, 2022

No Go: Russia Bans The Wayback Machine

From the Voice of America:

Russia’s attorney general has ordered blockage of the site, known as “The Wayback Machine,” citing legislation that bans minors from accessing sites that contain pornography, sexual abuse, or extremist activities.

The Wayback Machine stores cached images of webpages around the world going back as far as 1996 and contains almost 500 billion stored images.

The Kremlin says the unprecedented block is needed to keep dangerous information from reaching minors online. But Russian free speech activists argue the ban is just the latest move by Moscow to erase anything on the web it finds objectionable.

From ars technica:

The Internet Archive is not alone in encountering problems caused by Russia’s increasingly restrictive Internet laws. Last month, the country’s communications watchdog threatened to fine Facebook, Google and Twitter for failing to comply with a 2014 “blogger’s law,” which requires owners of accounts receiving more than 3,000 visitors a day to be registered with the Russian government.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.