[NA-Discuss] FW: [IP] About ICANN and Crimea

Joly MacFie joly at punkcast.com
Fri Mar 6 23:45:24 UTC 2015

Forwarding, since I guess this is a NA issue.

*From:* David Farber via ip [mailto:ip at listbox.com]
*Sent:* March 5, 2015 7:01 AM
*To:* ip
*Subject:* [IP] About ICANN and Crimea

Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation
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Events <http://minsvyaz.ru/en/events/list/>/ Official statement
Russia Disputed Against Removal of Crimean Domains in ICANN

*Singapore, February 11, 2015.* — Julia Elanskaya, Deputy Director of
Department on International Collaboration of Ministry of Telecom and Mass
Communications, made an official statement on 52nd meeting of Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), opened at the beginning
of the week in Singapore. She paid attention to recent decision of American
registrar, cancelling domains, registered on the territory of Crimea.

Full text of the statement is presented below.

“We want to draw your attention to recent decision of American registrar.
It informed its clients, located in a specific region, about cancellation
of accounts, domains and their withdrawal starting from January 31, 2015.
Registrar refers to trading limitations that don’t allow American companies
to run a business with individuals and enterprises, located in Crimea.

Russia has always been against introduction of sanctions in ICT sphere,
particularly, regarding the Internet.

Sanctions, especially those, that are imposed on the Internet users, must
be considered as restriction of right of every person to receive and
distribute information and ideas through mass media independently of state
borders, as it is established in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights.

This precedent contradicts with values of International meeting at the
highest level on information society, especially with principles of using
ICT for ensuring general access to information in accordance with Tunisian
program on information society.*[MG] * (presumably the WSIS Declaration).

We want to mention that this precedent shows real situation in sphere of
Internet-governance, when one government unilaterally adopts measures,
discriminating users rights on area basis. At the same time this government
controls governance of domain name system throughout the world.

Such unilateral restrictions undermine universally multilaterally
recognized principles and values and trust in open and interconnected
information space. They can also damage development of Internet-governance
mechanisms and lead to its fragmentation.

These restrictions also damage multilateral model of Internet-governance
and clearly demonstrate its inefficiency. We suppose that it’s necessary to
ensure more fair allocation of Internet-governance means based on
international agreements between countries under the aegis of the United

Russian Federation encourages all interested parties of all countries
refrain from blocking in the Internet, including blocking of domain names
for political purposes and make efforts for enforcement Internet-users

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