17 January 2018, Wednesday, 6:05

Beltelecom blocks charter97.org for Belarusians

The Belarusian state-owned monopoly telecom company blocked access to Charter'97 in Belarus.

Problems with access to the website began at around 18:00. Visitors wrote they couldn't open the site in Belarus, but could visit it using proxies (Opera Turbo or anonymisers).

Clients of Byfly, Atlant Telecom, Kosmos TV, Velcom, MTS, Life, Belinfonet and other smaller ISPs faced the blocking.

It was figured out that the site was blocked on the gateway of Belpak data network (Beltelecom's subdivision) that other ISPs use to connect to the Internet. The picture below shows that data transmission stops at asbr1.net.belpak.by ( The website is probably blocked by IP addresses. We tried to change the IP, but the new one worked only for 10 minutes.

We still cannot contact representatives of Beltlecom. Reasons for the blocking are unknown.

Earlier, Russia's backbone telecommunications provider Rostelecom put charter97.org on the blacklist. As a result, the website was blocked for clients of the ISPs, including Belarusian ones, that use Rostelecom to connect to the Internet. Roskomnadzor, Russia's media watchdog, put several articles of Charter'97 on the blacklist, but the website was not blocked completely. However, Rostelecom went further and completely blocked access to our site. It was unblocked for Belarusian users some hours later.

In this case, the access is blocked by the Belarusian state-owned ISP. Belarusian laws do not provide for the complete blocking of a website for all Internet users. The blocking violates even Belarus's dictatorial laws.