The project leader called it a "Great Wall of culture" that would rival Wikipedia, which is partly blocked in China.
No country allows limitless "quasi-freedom" online, the Russian leader said.
The network had irked the socialist government with various reports, including one alleging that Venezuelan passports and visas were being sold illegally at the embassy in Iraq.
China is reinforcing its censorship of the internet by cracking down on VPNs.
Amnesty International slammed the law as a "draconian" attempt to stifle criticism.
The militant group has decreed that only approved internet providers can be used.
The social network granted more than 55,000 content restrictions following government requests, largely related to a photo from inside the Bataclan music venue.
Internet censorship has prevented China's citizens learning about leaders' links to the Panama Papers.
Imogen Wilson, 22, was accused of violating "safe space" at a council meeting at Edinburgh University.
German Klimenko insists U.S. companies will have to comply with Russian law eventually.