Zelensky’s media crackdown gathers tempo: Kiev blocks twelve Russian web sites, together with in style information retailers ‘Vedomosti’ & ‘MK’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree ordering the nation’s web suppliers to dam entry to the web sites of 12 totally different Russian firms, together with newspapers Vedomosti and Moskovskiy Komsomolets.

The doc, signed on Friday, additionally targets Rostelecom, Russia’s main telecoms firm.

Restrictions have additionally been imposed on TRK-3, the Foundation for the Study of Historical Perspectives, the Mutual Aid Association, Novinfo, Nashe Zavtra, Light Print, Narodnye Novosti, and Anna-News.

As nicely as blocking their web sites, lots of the firms are additionally topic to monetary sanctions, resembling asset freezes and restrictions on transactions.

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Since the 2014 Maidan, Kiev has put in place blanket bans on greater than a dozen Russian retailers, together with RT’s information channels.

The newest restrictions on overseas retailers got here the identical week as Zelensky took intention at Ukrainian publications and corporations, resembling Strana.ua, one of many nation’s best-known mainstream information websites. The opposition-leaning outlet is strongly important of Zelensky’s management of the nation.

Just six months earlier, in August, the Zelensky administration clamped down on one other eight media retailers, together with three TV channels – ZIK, NewsOne, and 112 Ukraine. These stations are all owned by opposition politician Taras Kozak, a lawmaker for the pro-Russian Opposition Platform for Life social gathering. He dubbed the choice “an act of blatant censorship.”

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Almost all information retailers in Ukraine are bankrolled by rich people, together with the 1+1 Media Group, a conglomerate that helped Zelensky himself come to energy.

The president has additionally taken intention at politicians themselves, together with the top of the Opposition Platform for Life social gathering, Viktor Medvedchuk. The opposition chief is presently dealing with prices of excessive treason and is awaiting trial. Prosecutors are but to set out the proof in opposition to him.

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