Lhe authorities of the two pro-Russian separatist territories in eastern Ukraine have announced that they have blocked the Google search engine, accusing it of “promoting” violence against Russians. Google “promotes terrorism and violence against all Russians, especially the population of Donbass […]. We have decided to block Google in the territory” of the Donetsk region, separatist leader Denis Pushilin said in a statement on Friday.
The day before, the leader of the separatist region of Lugansk, Leonid Passechnik, had announced that he had taken the same measure. “War is not only missiles raining down on our cities, but also a cloud of false information that Ukraine sends us. Alas, Google has become their main weapon,” he accused. “We can do without Google. If they get better, if they start to respect people, then we’ll consider restoring” the search engine, he added.
“False information” heavily sanctioned in Russia
The pro-Russian separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine, like Russia, have been seeking to strengthen their control of information since the launch of Moscow’s offensive against Ukraine at the end of February. In Russia, new laws have been adopted which punish with heavy prison sentences the publication of what the authorities consider to be “false information” about the army or military operations. […] Read more