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Kremlin blasts blocking of Russian media in social networks as censorship

MOSCOW, April 5. /TASS/. The Kremlin believes that measures to block the pages of a number of Russian mass media in some social networks are a manifestation of censorship.

"Yes, it is [a manifestation of censorship towards Russian mass media]," Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media. "Of course, we do [keep an eye on the situation] and find it regretful."

On April 3, the FAN news agency said that its Facebook and Instagram accounts were blocked without any explanations offered.

Earlier, Google News service terminated the transmission of FAN content starting from October 26, 2017 without giving any reasons. The Russian telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor asked the company for explanations, adding that the FAN was an officially registered Russia mass media. The suspension was canceled in the evening of November 4, 2017.