The Russian president has had a video blog on the Kremlin site since the fall of 2008; however, visitors may now leave their own comments.
"At this time I believe that we are ready to do what you, dear friends, have asked," the president said on his video blog. "First of all, [your] suggestions were in regard to placing comments [on the site]. Now that possibility has emerged. And I hope that you will be able to say everything you want to say by leaving your comments on [my] video blog. I will read all of them with great interest," he said.
In order to leave a comment on the president's personal video blog, visitors will have to register with the official Kremlin site. The registration process is exactly like signing up with any other blog; you need to provide your name, user name, age, education, e-mail address, and country or region.
Comments are only accepted in Russian and visitors could be denied access if they use abusive or foul language, or words that could promote hatred or discrimination towards minority groups or minors. Visitors may also be denied access if they attempt to use the site for commercial or advertising purposes.
Comments will be edited before being published to avoid grammatical and spelling mistakes, the Kremlin site reads.
The fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.
Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts.
The websites’ administration has the right to delete comments made in languages other than the language of the majority of the websites’ content.
In all language versions of the sputniknews.com websites any comments posted can be edited.
A user comment will be deleted if it:
The administration has the right to block a user’s access to the page or delete a user’s account without notice if the user is in violation of these rules or if behavior indicating said violation is detected.
Users can initiate the recovery of their account / unlock access by contacting the moderators at email@example.com
The letter must contain:
If the moderators deem it possible to restore the account / unlock access, it will be done.
In the case of repeated violations of the rules above resulting in a second block of a user’s account, access cannot be restored.
To contact the team of moderators, write to firstname.lastname@example.org