Russia added one more site to its censorship truck: the main crypto news site, Cointelegraph. The updates on the block demonstrates that the Russian oversight program isn’t throwing in the towel and they will do everything necessary to fend off Russia’s citizens from any site that – according to them – could be possibly destructive.
While Cointelegraph claims that the crypto news site has been in the Russian blocking roster for around 2 years now, it was not until October 16th, that the site was really blocked.
Cointelegraph affirmed the news through a designer of a famous anticensorship program augmentation, who asked that his character will be kept unknown. The engineer clarified what really occurred, proposing that Cointelegraph’s URL was added to the boycott cart of the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (usually known as Roskomnadzor).
The developer uncovered that the boycott document was sent to ISPs yesterday.
“It’s an XML file that’s privately distributed among ISPs so that they can enable blocking.” Currently, it appears that there is no explanation to the sudden block. “Why this website was only added recently — I don’t know,” the developer added.
The crypto news site declares that it is yet to know the careful purpose behind the boycott however it appears it is as of now producing results everywhere throughout the nation. The site has purportedly checked with huge numbers of its perusers in Russia and a larger piece of the pool affirmed their failure to get to the site. A bunch of others state they have held access while some others are just observing occasional blackouts on the crypto news site.
The leader of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk at Reporters Without Borders, Johann Bihr, said something regarding the issue and revealed that “the blocking of your website is one more sign that Russia’s online censorship system is becoming more powerful.”
Johann Bihr expounded more:
“Since their largely failed Telegram blocking last year, the Russian authorities have been actively working to enhance their online censorship system. A major turning point was the ‘Sovereign Internet’ law signed by President Putin on 1 May, which is taking Russia much closer to the Chinese model. This law will be implemented gradually from 1 November onwards, and Roskomnadzor has been installing and testing these new tools in the past few months.”