Putin urges tough action against online extremism

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint news conference with German President Frank Walter Steinmeier following their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Oct 25, 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint news conference with German President Frank Walter Steinmeier following their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Oct 25, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (Oct 26) that law enforcement agencies must take tough action against persons and groups using the Internet for extremist ends.

"The security of Russia's Internet must be heightened, we must fight against those using the information space to spread extremist ideas," Putin told a meeting of Russia's Security Council.

"At the same time, I would like to stress that there can be no talk about restricting access of law-abiding citizens to the worldwide web, about any pervasive barriers and filters," he said.