The Russian government has blocked the Twitter account of Russian hacker group @bOltai. The group had been responsible for the leak of several sensitive government documents.
The news comes a few weeks after Twitter had denied that it will block any accounts in Russia despite requests from officials.
News site Global Voices reports that Twitter cannot provide a full statement, other than “We do not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons.” The block appears to have been instituted using Twitter’s Country Withheld Content policy.
Russian officials made the request on July 25 in a court in St. Petersburg, shown in a filing now public on Chilling Effects Clearinghouse.
Internet web-site page (s) link (s) https://twitter.com/b0ltai was (were) included in the “Unified register of domain names, Internet web-site page links and network addresses enabling to identify the Internet web-sites containing the information prohibited for public distribution in the Russian Federation”, the number of the register entry is 31257-РИ due to the fact that this information contains data prohibited for distribution in the Russian Federation on the basis of a decision of court.
In response, Shaltay Boltay, the name on the Twitter account in question, has set up a new page on Twitter (@b0ltai2) to continue posting.