Russia's Ministry of Communications insists that an order for Internet providers to log IP addresses and share them with the authorities is not a clamp-down on net freedom - because it's been going on for ages.
But a federal ban on hosting "extremist" sites already seems to be counter-productive, according to many experts.
The new decree about storing IP addresses - both static and dynamic - along with logins and passwords is intended to make it easier to track down web criminals, iToday.ru reported.
And the ruling was received calmly, with 80 per cent of ISPs already doing this, according to Andrei Vorobyov of RU-CENTER's PR department.
"The logic of our business makes us take part in the fight against cybercrime -companies are objectively interested in it. Large companies have been registering clients' IP addresses for a long time. Now those who neglected it will have to register - for example small ‘last-mile' providers," Leonid Filatov, CEO of Masterhost hosting company told iToday.
But Andrei Kolesnikov, the Director of Coordination Center TLD.RU, is certain that fixing IP addresses will not eliminate the problem of the search for cybercriminals: "Those who want to commit a crime on the Internet can take measures to make sure that they are not found afterwards."
Meanwhile Kommersant was unimpressed with a the federal Communications Monitoring Service's efforts to block extremist sites.
Reports cited one Chechen rebel site which attracted a mere handful of visitors until the ban was announced - and the subsequent publicity boosted its traffic as the restrictions were technically difficult to implement