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The new law, which will come into force on Friday, will also ban Belarussian firms from advertising goods and services on any website that is not registered in the ex-Soviet republic.

President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, has taken an increasingly hard line against the opposition whose activities he has often said are funded and promoted from abroad.

Opponents of the 57-year-old authoritarian leader used social network sites to coordinate a wave of "silent" protests against him last summer, in which groups of people gathered and clapped in public.

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