In the two months since Vladimir Putin began his broader invasion of Ukraine, Roskomnadzor, the Russian agency that oversees the internet in that country, has blocked “more than 85,000” internet posts which, according to it, contain “false information” on this conflict.
Vadim Subbotin, deputy director of this agency, says that this effort is designed to block the active dissemination of “false information about the special military operation in Ukraine, its forms, its ability to carry out military actions, the alleged attacks against the population peace and civic infrastructure”. , and significant loss of life (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=62666849483D9).
He added that such measures were necessary because “the Russian Federation is in a state of large-scale information warfare which has been unleashed by Western countries” and his agency is doing more, including pursuing the Western internet companies like Google for their failure to drop posts banned in Russia.
The figure given by Subbotin is perhaps the easiest measure to understand of how quickly the Kremlin is using the war in Ukraine to impose ever-widening censorship in the Russian Federation and to try to force governments and Western companies to accept these illegal practices. and unconstitutional actions.