Russia blocks Wikipedia pages over drug links

Moscow: At the instruction of Russia’s federal watchdog service, internet providers in the country have started blocking access to Wikipedia for the Russian-language users.

However, Wikipedia users in Moscow said access was still available both through fixed telephone lines and cellular services. Watchdog agency Roskomnadzor on Monday said it had sent an address of the page in the Russian Wikipedia that contained prohibited information on a narcotic drug.

"The attempts to move the article at a different URL that the executives of the Russian segment of the internet encyclopedia had made earlier did not limit the users’ access to the content banned by court," a spokesman said.

Roskomnadzor’s decision to block access to a page in Wikipedia will deal a blow to the entire resource, a source, who is associated with the company said.

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