Ukrainian politician: the decision to block social networks is the renunciation of democracy

17.05.2017, Ukraine.

The decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) to block social networks speaks about the Ukraine’s final renunciation of democracy, said Victor Medvedchuk, leader of the social movement “Ukrainian Choice – the People’s Right” on May 16, TASS news agency reports.

“Banning VKontakte and Odnoklassniki social networks, almost the only sites where users could criticize [the authorities] and defend their position, lead a discussion and share their opinions, testifies that Ukraine has completely turned away from the path of democracy,” said the opposition activist. Medvedchuk noted that the actions of the official Kiev are directed not at strengthening the security of the country, but at suppressing freedom of speech and depriving the people of ways to express their dissatisfaction with the actions of the authorities.

Today, Pyotr Poroshenko signed an expanded sanctions list against Russian individuals and legal entities.  A number of MPs of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, members of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, and several Russian journalists were banned from entering the territory of Ukraine. In addition, Odnoklassniki and VKontakte social networks, as well as Yandex and Mail.ru search engines were included in the sanctions list.

* The original of the picture is by (cc) V.V. Medvedchuk | Ukrainian Choice – the People’s Right vk. vk.com/victor medvedchuk.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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