Russian Wikipedia blacks website out amidst protests against Russian internet censorship
July 10, 2012
It’s blackout time for Wikipedia in Russian.
On Tuesday, the Russian version of Wikipedia went dark for 24 hours to protest a bill making its way through the Russian parliament that Wikipedia says could “create real censorship of the Internet” in the country.
Wikimedia, the nonprofit that oversees Wikipedia, said that the law would make it possible to create “a thing like the great Chinese firewall,” giving the Russian government control over the blacklisting and filtering of sites.