The Russia’s communications watchdog has said it is taking steps to punish the Wikimedia Foundation, which hosts online encyclopedia Wikipedia, for violating Russian law around the conflict in Ukraine.
In a statement, Roskomnadzor said that Wikipedia still hosted “prohibited materials, including fakes about the course of the special military operation on the territory of Ukraine”, and that search engines would be used to inform users that Wikimedia violated Russian law.
Writing on Telegram, vice chair of the Russian parliament’s committee on information policy Anton Gorelkin said that links to Wikipedia would be accompanied by a disclaimer warning users about legal violations by Wikimedia Foundation.
Roskomnadzor said the measures would remain in place until Wikimedia Foundation becomes fully compliant with Russian law.
Wikipedia, which says it offers “the second draft of history”, is written and edited by volunteers across more than 300 languages. With the shuttering of much of Russia’s independent media after the invasion of Ukraine, it became one of the last available sources of fact-checked information on the war available to Russians.
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