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Reporters Without Borders, the media rights watchdog, condemned the new law in the former Soviet republic as the latest "stage in the government’s escalating control of the Internet, adding new weapons of repression."

Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, who Western rights group have called "Europe’s last dictator," has been in office since 1994, consistently suppressing opposition and cracking down on independent media.

The new legal amendments now bar Belarusian businessmen from using outside Internet resources such as online stores registered in other countries. The amendments formalize earlier restrictions on Internet use introduced by Lukashenko’s decree, which required Internet service providers to monitor users and report them to authorities if they visit opposition websites blacklisted by the government.

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