The Russian government, eager to lock the Internet resources, struck Ukraine with criticism over the closure of access to “Vkontakte” and “Classmates”
In the Ministry of communications of the Russian Federation criticized the blocking of access to Russian sites in Ukraine within the framework of the new Ukrainian sanctions. Deputy Minister of communications and mass communications Alexei Volin called “discredit the government” blocking mass popular resources. Three years earlier, the official supported the blocking of several opposition websites in Russia based on the law on countering extremist information.
Wolin called blocking Russian sites senseless decision, discrediting the Ukrainian government, reports “Interfax”. The Deputy Minister added that the response should not be taken to “not assimilate”. “If you are doing the bulk of the popular resource, then you discredit the government because it shows that the decision power is unrealistic. You educate the citizens, legal nihilism and increase their computer literacy,” – said the Deputy Minister.
According to Volin, blocking Russian sites in Ukraine – “senseless, discrediting the Ukrainian leadership next decision”, “is not the first and probably not the last.” “But it’s a favorite pastime of Ukrainian authorities to shoot yourself in the foot”, – concluded the Deputy Minister, using the image, not for the first time used by Russian officials in a conversation about sanctions.
Wolin warned that the blocking of Russian resources “will lead to unprecedented growth of computer literacy of the Ukrainian population and to the fact that the people of Ukraine will immediately master the anonymizers VPN services and a huge number of programs, allowing to bypass the lock.”
Thus, concluded the official, “lock is effective only when a lock resource, there is broad consensus as regards child pornography, drug use or promoting suicide.” “When in society, there are mass desire this lock to get around” – said the Deputy Minister.
It is worth noting that in March 2014, when under the Federal law N398-FZ of 28 December 2013, which the press name “the law of the meadow” (named one of the authors) and allowing pre-trial blocking websites with extremist information, Roskomnadzor has blocked access portals “Grange”, “Kasprowy” and “Daily journal” Wolin linked these measures are not restrictions on the freedom of journalists, and their lack of qualifications. Also, the Deputy Minister explained that the unblocking of the sites is quite easy – just delete the content in which the Prosecutor’s office found signs of extremism.
Thus, immediately after the resource lock has been discovered several ways to bypass a restriction to access blocked media. In particular, the use of anonymizer. The website “Grange” still blocked. In the registry of banned sites Roskomnadzor was made hundreds of “mirrors” of this resource.
In the state Duma sanctions Kiev called a step to “the great Ukrainian fairvalue”
The Chairman of the Duma Committee on information policy and member of the party “Fair Russia” Leonid Levin believes that the decree Poroshenko about Ukraine blocking access to social networks “Vkontakte” and “Classmates” may be the first step towards the creation of the “Ukrainian great firewall.” This is stated in the statement of the parliamentarian, to RBC.
According to Levin, “the decree Poroshenko, first and foremost, harms the people of Ukraine, among which more than 13 million go to social network “Vkontakte” every day, more than five million in “Classmates”. The head of the Duma Committee emphasized that all of these people will be deprived of the usual tool of communication and information. “Instead of the declared commitment to the European values of freedom and democracy there is an attempt to build not even virtual borders, but a real fence with barbed wire”, – concluded the MP.
The head of the Duma Committee considers that the decree Poroshenko has “had a sobering effect not only on neighbouring countries but also those States that continue to insist that Ukraine is in the process of democratization”. “The further development of this trend does not preclude the emergence of the “Ukrainian great firewall,” warned Levin, obviously drawing an analogy with the “great Chinese firewall” system of Internet censorship in China.
Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation on issues of development of the Internet Herman Klimenko in an interview with RT said that Russian social networks will not suffer from the new sanctions on Ukraine. To a greater extent the ban could affect the operation of the company “Yandex”, but also not critical, said the official.
“Sanctions would have no impact (on social networks. – Approx. NEWSru.com), perhaps in addition to “Yandex”. I don’t know how it is affected. But from the point of view of advertising revenue I’m sure, to put it mildly, did not meet the percentage. We in Russian Internet the total mass of Ukrainians to 12.5%. I think income is not more than 3%,” – said adviser to the head of state.
The authorities of Ukraine, problems may arise with the implementation of the ban on access to the Russian sites, said the official. According to the forecast Klimenko, “will remain part of users, who learn how to use a VPN, tor. “The social network “Vkontakte” – this is something that people really appreciate,” – said Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko may 15, enacted the decision of national security Council and defense of Ukraine on the introduction of sanctions against a number of Russian Internet services, social networks, developers of antivirus programs, as well as the media. In the black list including the hit “Yandex”, “Classmates”, “Vkontakte” and “Mail.ru”.
Recall from the beginning of may in Russia began blocking instant messengers that do not submit information about yourself for inclusion on the register of the organizers of the dissemination of information in response to the request of Roskomnadzor. In particular, the Agency has blocked the services of BlackBerry Messenger, LINE, Imo, audiovisual chat and Vchat Chinese instant messenger WeChat.
May 16, the media spread information about the possible blocking of the messenger Telegram. Administrators Telegram channels addressed to the author, Pavel Durov with a request to prevent blocking.