The Kremlin is threatening to ban Wikipedia in Russia over the positioning’s info pertaining to the conflict in Ukraine.
The Russian authorities’s censorship bureau, Roskomnadzor, warned the editors of Wikipedia’s Russian language that the article in query violates state legislation. Here’s the memo:
Roskomnadzor (Russian censorship company) has threatened to block all of Wikipedia from Russia due to its “Russian Invasion into Ukraine” article. Their foremost gripes: it lists Russian soldier casualty figures and describes how Ukrainian civilians/youngsters are being killed. https://t.co/BvjttdEHrP
— Aric Toler (@AricToler) March 1, 2022
Wikipedia’s entry contains knowledge on the variety of Russian navy casualties and lifeless Ukrainian civilians — each of which the Kremlin disputes.
Ukrainian officers report a demise whole of 352 civilians and 110 Ukrainian troopers.
On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy introduced that almost 6,000 Russian troopers have been killed because the begin of the invasion.
Meanwhile, the Russian authorities studies 200 lifeless Ukrainian troopers in contrast to simply two lifeless Russian troopers. So fairly the distinction in whole.
According to the New York Post, Roskomnadzor has despatched Russian language Wikipedia editors dozens of comparable memos through the years, every of which demanding censorship.
Wikipedia plans not to reply to Roskomnadzor however says it’ll add extra sources to the web page that discusses the conflict in Ukraine.
Tuesday, the Wikimedia Foundation “actively working with affected communities to identify potential threats to information on Wikimedia projects, and supporting volunteer editors and administrators who serve as a first line of defense against manipulation of facts and knowledge.”
So it’s arduous to envision any situation by which the Kremlin doesn’t ban Wikipedia in Russia, because it continues to crack down on exterior info that contradicts state-run media.