Delay Law Discussion

Yandex said the Parliament should delay its planned discussion on banning certain websites.

“It is necessary to postpone consideration of the bill and discuss it with the Internet industry representatives,” Ochir Mandzhikov, Yandex’s press officer said in an e-mail from Moscow yesterday. “The need to combat illegal content is evident for civil society, as evident is the need for freedom of speech and access to information.”

The Duma said it plans to vote on the law in a second preliminary reading as soon as today. If approved in a third and final reading and signed in effect by President Putin, the law would give Russian authorities the right to blacklist Internet sites without a court order. Group Ltd. (MAIL), the largest Russian-language Internet company, fell 0.3 percent to $34 in London yesterday, the lowest since July 3.