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The Russian government has reportedly used a new law which allows it to remove news stories that are critical of Vladimir Putin.
Russian news website TJournal claimed a story posted by several news outlets on Sunday night about graffiti on the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Yaroslav was ordered to be taken down by the Prosecutor General's Office.
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Sunday's incident was the first time the controversial emergency law has been used.
Local media said the graffiti emblazoned on the Internal Affairs building 'accused Putin of being a homosexual'.
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After being notified by the Prosecutor General's Office, Russia's censorship agency, Roskomnadzor, pulled all news stories relating to the graffiti.
At least five news outlets in Yaroslavl were ordered to delete their coverage of the graffiti - according to reports.
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One local newspaper, Yarkub, said that it received a letter from Roskomnadzor demanding the story be taken off its website, and then a phone call.
'Roskomnadzor asked us...
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