Shutterstock Domain Blocked by Russian Authorities for Insulting State Symbols

Giulio Saggin
Giulio Saggin
Tuesday 28 November 2023

Russia has blocked one of the domains used by stock photo and footage agency, Shutterstock, after it posted content that was considered an "insult to state symbols". The photo at the centre of the furore, an image of a small Russian flag planted in a pile of faeces, was taken by a Latvian photographer who goes by the name aijaphoto. In late November a Shutterstock user registered in Germany started a petition calling on Shutterstock to ban aijaphoto's account, stating that it shows "disrespect for the nation" and it is "insulting the national flag of the Russian Federation". A post on the website Roskomsvoboda, which monitors Internet freedom in Russia, shows that the decision to add the domain to its blacklist was made on November 13 and the site was blocked on November 28. The ban comes after Russia introduced legislation earlier this year that carries fines for anyone showing "blatant disrespect" for society, the state, government offices, and state symbols. Shutterstock said it is working with Russian authorities to remedy the issue.

Never miss a vulnerability like this again

Sign up to SecAlerts for real-time vulnerability data matched to your software, aggregated from hundreds of sources.


SecAlerts Pty Ltd.
132 Wickham Terrace
Fortitude Valley,
QLD 4006, Australia
By using SecAlerts services, you agree to our services end-user license agreement. This website is safeguarded by reCAPTCHA and governed by the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. All names, logos, and brands of products are owned by their respective owners, and any usage of these names, logos, and brands for identification purposes only does not imply endorsement. If you possess any content that requires removal, please get in touch with us.
© 2024 SecAlerts Pty Ltd.
ABN: 70 645 966 203, ACN: 645 966 203