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Russian Wikipedia shuts down in protest against law on internet regulation

July 10, 2012, 12:37 UTC+3

The Russian-language Wikipedia declares temporary blackout opposing government plans to create an internet blacklist

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The Russian version of Wikipedia is going dark, in protest of proposed legislation that would create a blacklist of government-banned websites. The site ( went down on Tuesday morning and will remain shuttered through July 10th, when the State Duma is scheduled to vote on an amendment to Russia's "Act for Information." If passed in its current form, the amendment would create a federal agency charged with maintaining a list of banned sites. This agency would have the authority to add sites to this blacklist, as would Russian courts.The bill's supporters say it would allow the government to efficiently crack down on child pornography or extremist online materials.The statement on the organization’s front page reads: “Wikipedia community protests against censorship, which threatens free knowledge opened for mankind.”

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