Russia threatens to block Wikipedia

Russian authorities are threatening to block access to

According to the statement issued by the Russian Government Regulatory agency Wikipedia has been requested to remove certain content from their web site. reports that the administration of Wikipedia have refused to fulfil these demands.

“Wikipedia is a free Universal Encyclopedia. It has information on majority of the world phenomena including narcotic and psychotropic substances.

When publishing articled the authors always provide references to the original academic sources. In this particular case the article has a direct reference to the site of United Nations.” - explained Stanislav Kozlovsky, one of the administrators of the web site.

He also pointed out that in Wikipedia the decisions on the removal of certain content are taken by a committee of authors and editors.

There has been no indication of a direct connection with this case and the ongoing tensions with the West.

Although previously several prominent free internet organizations accused Russia in selective filtering of Internet content.

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