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Russia demands Wikipedia take down information about the war in Ukraine

Russia demands Wikipedia take down information about the war in Ukraine

The Russian media regulator threatened Wikipedia with fines of up to 4 million rubles (about $49,000) if it doesn’t delete information about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that diverges from the Kremlin’s version of events, in the latest attempt by the Russian government to clamp down on the media and restrict what the Russian public knows about the war.

Roskomnadzor didn’t detail in the notice what information it was referring to, but Russian Wikipedia editors told Vice earlier this month that Roskomnadzor threatened to block Wikipedia for including information from the Ukrainian government on Ukrainian civilian and Russian troop casualties in its “Russian Invasion of Ukraine” Russian language entry.

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