Russia’s Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights has acknowledged its intention to ban the encyclopedic Wikipedia portal but not before developing a national »alternative».
»We need to create an alternative as soon as possible and close Wikipedia (…). I do not call to close it tomorrow, but of course we must move towards the closure of Wikipedia, because it is an ideological and politicized product,» said the chairman of the aforementioned council, Valeri Fadeev.
Fadeev has denounced that the portal is full of »distortions» in the articles related to political or historical events, thus alluding to the section on the war in Ukraine, a text for which Russia has even denounced Wikipedia.
For his part, Igor Ashmanov, member of the Presidential Council for Civil Development and Human Rights, has gone so far as to label Wikipedia as »a strategic weapon of the enemy», and has informed that Russia is working on the Knowledge portal, based on the Great Russian Encyclopedia, according to the Interfax agency.
Although the Russian authorities have repeatedly urged Wikipedia to remove content listed as banned by Moscow, the portal’s managers have not removed such information, with the result that Russia has included it labeled in search engines as a »national offender».
Source: (EUROPA PRESS)