Russia has banned the leading white supremacist website The Daily Stormer from its domains after the site was also banned by Google and GoDaddy earlier this week.
The Daily Stormer, which the Southern Poverty Law Center labels a site dedicated to “spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism,” published an article this past weekend calling the killing of counter-protestor Heather Heyer, who died after a far right supporter drove his car into a crowd, a “fat s**t” who was a “burden on society” with “no value” in a story sparking nationwide controversy.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) August 14, 2017
The site, which spews racist, gender-based and homophobic hate speech to its loyal readers, was used as a platform to help organize a violent white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville.
Following bans from Google and GoDaddy, the site moved to the dark web briefly, before finding a home with Russia’s domain registrar, known as RU-CENTER.
“I should point out that registry is automatic, so RU-CENTER registers thousands of domains per day,” Egor Timofeev, a spokesman for the service, told CNN.
According to Timofeev, the hate site was booted following a request from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s technology and telecommunications regulator.