Russia Blocks Moscow Times Russian-Language Website on Ukraine War Coverage

The Russian communications regulator has blocked access to the Russian-language website of Moscow timethe newspaper said on Friday.

Moscow time said his Russian-language website was blocked after posting what authorities said was a false report of riot police refusing to fight in Ukraine.

The publication reported that Russian internet service providers had already started blocking its Russian-language site. He posted a notice from the Russian Communications Monitoring Agency, which said his site was now blocked.

Russian authorities blocked a number of independent media and publications in their attempts to control coverage of the country’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

After Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, state regulator Roskomnadzor ordered all media to use only data and information provided by official Russian sources to cover the war. He also ordered the media to describe the events in Ukraine as a “special military operation” and not as a war or an invasion.

Several Russian media outlets have chosen to suspend operations rather than face heavy restrictions on what they can report. The Kremlin has also blocked several foreign media, including RFE/RL.

Some information for this report comes from Reuters.

Sylvester L. Goldfarb