Cyberguard branch opens in Surgut


A new regional office of the Cyberguard has been opened in Surgut, bringing the number of its branches to 36. Local volunteers will be combatting the spread of dangerous online content and raising digital literacy among Surgut Internet users.

Created in 2011 by the Safe Internet League, the Cyberguard movement now welcomes more than 20 000 volunteers from across Russia and CIS countries committed to fighting dangerous online content, as well as helping law enforcement agencies in uncovering cybercrime and bringing the perpetrators to justice. Its members have helped block 10 000 web sites and pages for hosting child pornography, 3 000 for selling illegal drugs, 1 000 for encouraging suicide, bring 800 criminal cases for distribution of child pornography and 30 cases for production of child pornography, as well as solve dozens of high-profile serial paedophile cases.

With the Cyberguard already operating in 35 of Russia’s regions, the new Surgut office is now officially its 36th regional branch.

It is worth noting that, encountering dangerous online content, Cyberguards can report it using the Safe Internet League’s hotline service. The information then gets assessed by League experts and, if confirmed, website owners get contacted suggesting the illegal content be removed. Otherwise, the information goes to the relevant authorities (the Prosecutor General’s Office in cases of extremism and separatism, Rospotrebnadzor for propaganda of suicide, the Federal Drug Control Service for propaganda of narcotics, or Roskomnadzor for child pornography) for the website to be blocked.