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Russian MP calls on authorities to check Ukrainian version of Russian search engine

September 08, 2014, 10:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW
First Deputy Head of State Duma’s Information Policy Committee Vadim Dengin says the Ukrainian version of Russian search engine Yandex “demonstrates to users articles of anti-Russian character"
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MOSCOW, September 08. /ITAR-TASS/. First Deputy Head of State Duma’s Information Policy Committee Vadim Dengin asked Yandex search engine and communication authorities to analyze the work of the resource’s Ukrainian version (yandex.ua), Izvestia daily said on Monday.

The legislator says Yandex’s Ukrainian version, while aggregating news content, “demonstrates to users articles of anti-Russian character, which is unacceptable for sites belonging to a Russian company, even if it is registered in the Netherlands,” the newspaper reads.

The news section of Ukraine’s Yandex publishes articles from Ukrainian media, which allow misrepresentation and contain direct attacks on Russia, the legislator said.

“I consider it reasonable to address Yandex and Roskomnadzor (Russian communication authority) directly. I ask the company to explain the situation and Roskomnadzor to analyze the situation and determine possible legal consequences,” the newspaper quotes the legislator.

Yandex told the newspaper they had not received the appeal, adding that “Yandex is an international company” and “technologies for all (ita) markets are unified,” but for every country the company offers "own services so that they meet local interests of users".

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