Have you ever dealt with computer-illiterate people, especially those with a ban hammer in their hands? Those who have no idea what is the Internet?
About a quarter of population in Russia believes that the Internet is Yandex, Mail.Ru Vkontakte (local Google, GMail and Facebook). A sizable number of (mostly old, 40+) people believe that the Internet is some kind of place where people can hack your computer by just looking at it, where there's terrorists and hackers everywhere, and where a good, law-abiding citizen has no business in being. Do you *really* think these people know the difference between an IP address, domain name and a website?
You obviously judge it by looking at yourself and your little sister. You are young, and so is she. 6 year old people don't go to be a judge. But some old-ass technology illiterate schmuck in his 60's - perfectly can. Especially if his daddy was a judge too.
In other words, you have no idea of what is Russia.
it wasn't an accidental block in a sense that they meant to block a certain livejournal blog. it was an accidental block in a sense that they really didn't mean to take down ALL of livejournal, it's just that they lack the necessary competence to distinguish between websites, domains and IP addresses.
As much as i would like otherwise, it wasn't the case of "collateral damage". It's simple incompetence. Something similar happened a few times (IIRC, with LiveJournal as well) already, so you would think those in power would at least think twice before dealing with what they have no clue about at all, but that's not how Russia works. As the Russian saying goes, "who lived in Russia, doesn't laugh in circus".
Mike, i'm sorry, but obviously you didn't pay attention to what was happening in Lybia. It wasn't an uprising. I don't know what's up with Syria as i haven't been watching closely, but Lybia was a completely different scenario from Egypt.