Russian Foreign Ministry reacted to extension of ban on Russian social networks in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ministry urged relevant international structures and human rights NGOs to respond appropriately
23:10, 15 May 2020

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The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted to the extension of the ban on the Russian social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. The corresponding statement was published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

"We regard this step as an act of direct censorship aimed at cleaning up the country's information space from alternative points of view," the agency said.

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In addition, the ministry called on relevant international structures and human rights NGOs, including the head of the OSCE on Freedom of Expression of the Media, Harlem Desir, to respond properly.

As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed the order on the extension of some anti-Russian sanctions but some of the restrictions were lifted.

Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of Italian leader of the last century, Benito Mussolini, is among the people who faced the lifting of the sanctions. In November 2018, she was the observer at the elections in the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics. Besides, the restrictive measures were lifted toward nine physical persons, including five members of the so-called election committees of Donbas republics.

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