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Medvedev moves to limit media responsibility for reader comments

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MOSCOW, June 2 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the country's communications ministry to prepare proposals restricting the responsibility of online media outlets for their readers' comments.

Medvedev, who has pushed his image as a tech-savvy Twitter enthusiast, met with Russia's top bloggers including Anton Nossik and Ivan Zasursky for a cozy chit-chat in April and promised to address copyright issues on the Runet, the internet's Russian sector.

In a statement released on the Kremlin's website on Thursday, Medvedev instructed amendments be drawn up to Russia's media law in order to "limit the scope of the responsibility of the desks of media outlets spread over the internet for placing comments of readers and remarks made by third parties which violate Russian law, including legislation on defending against extremist activities."

The president gave the Communications Ministry until August 1 to act on the instructions.

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