LiveJournal is no longer organized under California Laws

No, from today that blog platform, who, according to it’s own data have 25 million users, is formed under the Russian laws.

How serious is this? It can be as serious as a Russian blogger – Podosokorsky – writes in the title of his post – LiveJournal has finally come under FSB control. Now waits a purge of disloyal bloggers

.. ?

I take the beginning of his post:

As is known, LiveJournal’s servers moved to Russia in December 2016. Anton Nosik then declared clearly, what practical consequences this would mean for regular users:


Международная конференция TechCrunch Moscow 2011
Anton Nosik 

“The idea to pull LiveJournal servers over to Russia, so that they are ‘closer to the users’, is not new – it was brought first by my friend Andrew Paulson, already in October 2006, when the Russian company SUP concluded a contract with the platform owners about supporting the Cyrillic segment. Then it only took five minutes to explain to my naive American friend the legal implications, and what this would mean for blog writers, commentators and readers of LiveJournal.

So that the platform would remain where it was , on the US west coast, where it had been over ten previous years.

In the period since then, Russia has managed to jail not fewer than a thousand people (!) for blog posts, replies, ‘likes’, shares, retweets and cross-posting over the social networks. But not one of these charges was based on the data of the users that the Russian authorities could get  from the Administration for LiveJournal Inc. in the State of California. In my own case (Nosik have been prosecuted recently because of a blog article on Syria, which I probably would not agree with. However, .. – blog editor/Subsequent) there is a correspondence between the plaintiffs and the same administration, where the latter politely declines to surrender information about my person, because there was no legal basis to pull them out because of the incoming request.

Now, however, there will no longer be any ground to reject such requests.

Since LiveJournal is now physically accommodated in the Russian Federation, and all the confidential information of the service’s users in real time are available for the Russian security service, according to what the Russian laws require … “


I  also have a LiveJournal blog that I write in Russian, which I cannot manage , if I don’t agree with the new user terms, I was told this morning. 

I think I wait a little with that approval *) .



Not quite fresh blogs / articles in english about this subject:

rahirah, metafilter, puzzling

A quite freh blog about it:




*)  At least for 24 hours