The Russian version of Wikipedia firm to protest against a law on the Internet

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wikipedia-russian-versionJuly 11, Moscow: Wikipedia has closed its Russian version Tuesday, July 10 for the day, and replaced its homepage by its logo in Cyrillic, canceled by a black headband. A short text explains that the participative encyclopedia protests against a law discussed in Russian Parliament to establish a blacklist of websites.

“Imagine a world without free knowledge”, and can be read at The site explains that the Duma is discussing a second amendment to the “Information Law”, which “can lead to the creation of an alternative Internet censorship in Russia, including closure of access to Russian version of Wikipedia “.

All content of Russian Wikipedia is inaccessible except on pages which the organization uses in his argument.

Today (July 11), the amendments proposed by the United Russia party (pro-Putin), are to be discussed in Russian Parliament at second reading. Under the pretext of protecting children from “dangers of the Internet” (malware, child pornography sites, pornography etc), the presidential camp would push through provisions that could lead to wider screening measures.

Such as blocking sites like Facebook, Twitter or Vkontakte in Russia without a court if challenged in the streets.

In December 2011, opponents of the Putin line had operated community services on the Internet to protest against the government against a backdrop of fraud in parliamentary elections.

In a statement, Russian version of Wikipedia claims that “these amendments could become a basis for a real Internet censorship, establishing a list of banned sites and IP addresses. “

It fears the establishment of a “Great Wall of the Internet” to Russia following the Chinese “model”. A blow to free expression on the Internet, whereas it is now recognized by the UN.

Russia is among the countries under supervision in the last report of Internet Enemies, published in March 2012 Reporters Without Borders.

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