Russian government regulator threatens to block Reddit over cannabis thread

Internet watchdog Roskomnadzor emailed Reddit to request removal of subreddit thought to be /r/trees, complaining staff are ‘too relaxed during August’

 I come in peace, man: Reddit’s logo featuring its alien mascot, the target of Russian anti-drugs aggression. Photograph:

The Russian government’s technology and internet watchdog is threatening to block Reddit across the country if it does not remove a thread dedicated to growing cannabis.


The federal service for supervision of communications, information, technology and mass media (Roskomnadzor) has taken to one of the largest social networks in Russia,, requesting the takedown, after it received no direct response from Reddit.

Roskomnadzor writes that Russia’s federal drug control service opposes a particular subreddit, thought to be /r/trees, which “posted an article on the cultivation of growing narcotic plants”.

The watchdog has also mocked up a “wanted” poster of Reddit’s alien mascot, and slighted the company for...

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