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Erasmus Prize awarded to Wikipedia; trouble on the Russian Wikipedia

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TASS reports that the Federal Drug Control Service of Russia (FSKN) has listed five articles on the Russian Wikipedia it wants blocked. FSKN said in a statement “Following the studies of the Russian language Wikipedia pages, four of them were recognized as forbidden ones.” Originally, five pages were listed for deletion but the fifth one had already been scrapped by the free online encyclopedia's administration. Russia’s media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, posted a tweet outlining which articles those were. (Nov. 24) L

Moscow Times reports that four Wikipedia editors met with representatives of FSKN, Roskomnadzor, and Rospotrebnadzor "to formalize channels of communication between the website and state bodies". The organizer of this meeting, Samal, was indefinitely blocked. The Times referenced a message from the "official Twitter blog" of "Russian Wikipedia", apparently referring to this tweet from Wikimedia Russia. Samal's block log states that the editor was blocked for "destructive behavior: uncoordinated actions on behalf of the Community". (Nov. 27) G

The Russian Wikipedia has been the subject of growing government interference and was briefly blocked entirely by the government in August (see previous Signpost coverage). Freedom House recently updated the status of internet freedom in Russia from "partly free" to "not free". These assessments are based on scores on a scale from 0 to 100 (0 = most free, 100 = least free); 0–30 are classed as "free", 31–60 as "partly free", 61–100 as "not free". Russia's score increased from 60 in 2014 to 62 in 2015.


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What a brilliant film at the top of the page! Apwoolrich (talk) 18:35, 26 November 2015 (UTC)![reply]

So which articles are blocked on Russian Wikipedia? And didn't we have a story in this in the past? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 00:34, 30 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Yeah, this really kind of buried the lead as it gives us no idea what the actual problem is. Beeblebrox (talk) 22:28, 30 November 2015 (UTC)[reply]
They usually block pages on suicide and drugs. Roskomnadzor:Ignorance is strength!--Catlemur (talk) 15:39, 4 December 2015 (UTC)[reply]


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