Russian foreign Ministry: Kiev to ban the social networks from Russia in order to block alternate data sources


RIA Novosti

The Ukrainian authorities are trying to block alternative sources of information. This opinion was voiced by Maria Zakharova, commenting on the ban on Russian social networks in Ukraine. The words of the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia, reports TASS.

“No one hides what he (this step is approx. The Rambler) was made in order to block the maximum number of alternative sources of information. The course is not censorship, and in direct violation of its obligations concerning freedom of speech were taken immediately after the anti-constitutional coup in 2014,” – said Zakharov.

Zakharov stressed that the blocking of Internet resources was carried out immediately after the international musical contest “Eurovision-2017” in Kiev. Actions of the Ukrainian authorities, the representative of the Russian foreign Ministry has called “vile” as “Kiev once again Europe had been deceived, collecting all the fruits of the approval of the European countries”. In addition, Zakharov drew attention to the ban on the wearing of St. George ribbons in Ukraine. According to the Agency, the current Ukrainian authorities “have no plans to reunite people in their own country”.

May 16, Petro Poroshenko issued a decree extending sanctions against individuals and legal entities of Russia. Among other things, the document suggests the blocking of “Yandex”, “Vkontakte” and “Classmates” and resources in Ukraine. On the same day, the Verkhovna Rada has banned the wearing of St. George ribbons. Violators will be fined in the amount of $ 190 and arrest for up to 15 days. The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine began in spring 2014, after the inhabitants of Donetsk and Lugansk regions refused to recognize the coup in Kiev. Ukrainian authorities for the suppression of mass popular demonstrations announced the so-called anti-terrorist operation (ATO). According to the United Nations (UN), in the fighting killed about 9.5 thousand people.