Maybe Wikipedia pointed out that modern Russia was born through a brutal dictatorship in which leaders killed tens of millions of their own citizens. Or perhaps the website lists Vladimir Putin as a spy and a strongman who surrounds himself with corrupt administrators and has enriched himself with billions of dollars through the state.
Whatever the offense, Moscow is done with Wikipedia, and will set up its own, separate online encyclopedia.
A government resolution said:
The move will ensure people can find “reliable information that is constantly updated on the basis of scientifically verified sources of knowledge.”
In 2015, Russia briefly blocked the Russian-language version of Wikipedia for an article containing information on cannabis under legislation banning sites with drug-related material.
Moscow has also introduced tougher online controls over the Russian segment of the internet so that it can keep on functioning even if cut off from foreign infrastructure.
Let’s hope they don’t get too close to the truth and call the site a re-education center.