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Russia is the second largest producer of internet child pornography in the world after the United States, Russia's ombudsman for children's rights said on Monday.

Russia is the second largest producer of internet child pornography in the world after the United States, Russia's ombudsman for children's rights said on Monday.

"We need to combat the wave of crime that is polluting our cyberspace on the internet today. We need to use advanced technology and international cooperation," Pavel Astakhov said.

"Unfortunately we are lagging behind the criminals who are constantly devising new ways of doing things. Modern internet technology allows you to change the web address you send such material from every 15 minutes."

Astakhov called on the Russian government to join forces with other countries to set up a viable scheme to stem the spread of pornographic material on the internet.

He complained that there is a lack of cooperation between the state, social structures, and the people, who could be "indispensable" partners in reporting what they have seen on the internet.

He also called for tougher laws against cyber criminals involved in the spread of child pornography.

The current charge for child pornography in Russia is two years.

According to the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), which combats online child sexual abuse content, the United States and Russia host the majority of the world's child abuse websites.

Around 5,000 websites were closed down in Russia in 2009 as part of a Kremlin-backed campaign against internet pornography.

 

MOSCOW, March 22 (RIA Novosti)