The Federal service for supervision of communications, information technology and mass media of Russia (Roskomnadzor) tries to block access to the Ukrainian website Tyzhden.ua. The editor-in-chief of the “Tyzhden” Dmytro Krapyvenko told it in his column.
He said, the German provider “Hetzner Online GmbH” received a message from Roskomnadzor that the website of “Tyzhden” contained information inciting to extremist actions, which is a violation of Russian legislation, and therefore the site should be blocked until the publication removes “extremist content” .
The claim of Russian officials was caused by the publication of 2015 “Myths and Legends” of the Right Sector’ Krapyvenko said, the publication did not contain any incitement, but only informed about the “Right sector”.
Another point is significant in this story: a German private company obeys the order of the Russian authorities and demands “Tyzhden” to” react “, Krapyvenko said.
Krapyvenko added, the editorial office would not remove that article and appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to pay attention to this incident and to speak to German diplomats.
“Our case is interesting because it opens another section of the hybrid war: on the pretext of combating extremism the Russian authorities can deploy a discreditation campaign and simply block the Ukrainian web resources which lease facilities in Germany, and possibly in other European countries. That is why “Tyzhden” urges the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to pay attention to this incident and to hold appropriate consultations with German diplomats to protect Ukrainian-German economic relations that should not be the subject of Russian aggression, “wrote Dmitry Krapyvenko.
As IMI reported today, the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Communication, Information Technologies and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation (Roskomnadzor) has put Ukrainian online edition “Petro and Mazepa” to the register of banned websites.