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The RF Civic Chamber appeals to the Council of Europe regarding Ukrainian ban against Russian media and social networks

According to Elena Sutormina, the ban should be considered as official censorship in Ukraine

The RF Civic Chamber appeals to the Council of Europe regarding Ukrainian ban against Russian media and social networks

The RF Civic Chamber Commission on Public Diplomacy and Support for Compatriots Abroad appealed to the Council of Europe with a request to give a public assessment to the ban of Russian Internet resources and mass media in Ukraine.

On Tuesday the Ukrainian government enlarged the list of Russian individuals and legal persons under sanctions and extended sanctions’ duration. Now the sanctions apply to 1228 individuals and 468 legal entities, including many Russian media, as well as Internet services, such as Yandex, Odnoklassniki, VKontakte, Mail.ru.

«We consider that such measures should be assessed at the international scene as introduction of censorship in Ukraine, which is unacceptable in a democratic state nowadays. The ban is a direct violation of generally recognized rules of human rights, freedom of speech and mass media», — said Elena Sutormina, Chairwoman of the RF Civic Chamber Commission on Public Diplomacy and Support for Compatriots Abroad.

Sutormina also pointed out that Russian diplomats should raise the issue of freedom of speech in Ukraine at the next UN General Assembly.

RF Civic Chamber Media–Office

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