Russia blocks the Russian language site of the Moscow Times

Russia on Friday blocked access to the Moscow Times’ Russian-language website over an article about the conflict in Ukraine, the newspaper said.

The English-language website was unaffected, although Russian ISPs began blocking its Russian-language site after a notice from Russia’s communications watchdog, the newspaper said. Russia’s communications watchdog did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The newspaper, which has covered Russia for three decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union, said on its English-language website that its Russian service was blocked after it published what “authorities call a fake report on police officers riot squad refusing to fight in Ukraine.” The April 4 article was still on the newspaper’s Russian site on Friday.

Russia sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24 in what it calls a special military operation aimed at degrading its southern neighbor’s military capabilities and rooting out people it calls dangerous. nationalists. Russia has imposed restrictions on reporting on the conflict. Moscow says Western media have provided an excessively partial account of the war in Ukraine.

Ukrainian forces mounted fierce resistance and the West imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia in an effort to force it to withdraw its forces.

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Sylvester L. Goldfarb