Russia cancels short-lived Wikipedia ban

Russia has canceled a ban on the Russian-language Wikipedia, which barely lasted a few hours. The Russian communications watchdog sent out notifications to Internet providers late on Monday, instructing them to block the access to Wikipedia in Russian after a provincial court ruled that its entry on hashish contains banned information. The agency removed Wikipedia from the list of banned websites early Tuesday morning, saying that the information in the article had been edited thus complying with the court decision. Russia’s Federal Communications Agency has come under fire before for what has been described as attempts to stifle dissent online. The agency has blocked access to opposition websites as well as blogs of popular opposition leaders like Alexei Navalny.

via ynetnews.com

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4694253,00.html

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