Here’s Why Putin Is Angry On Wikipedia I want an online encyclopedia approved by the Kremlin


key point

  • Putin criticizes Wikipedia for refusing to remove information about the Ukraine war
  • In 2019, Putin proposed replacing Wikipedia with a Kremlin-approved encyclopedia written in Russian.
  • Wikipedia is one of the last places where Russians can access information about aggression.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday warned citizens not to use the volunteer-run encyclopedia Wikipedia for in-depth information about the Ukraine war.

In an interview with Russian state media, Putin denounced Wikipedia’s “quality of information” and reminded the public that information can also be obtained from media channels supported by the Kremlin.

“Of course, objective, important and in-depth information collected properly and skillfully…this is in great demand,” Putin said, translated by reporter Kevin Rothrock. “And that’s why Wikipedia isn’t available. And we know the quality of the information out there. But if you have experts and talented people with opinions you can trust, it’s of course worth a lot. It’s like an encyclopedia, but it’s alive and breathing.”

Putin’s ridicule of Wikipedia came after Moscow’s censorship agency sent the company a letter. Russian Army casualties among Ukrainians.

The Wikimedia Foundation, which hosts the free online encyclopedia, has declined to remove the information, adding that it will continue to “keep knowledge open, neutral and free.” statement.

Putin took several steps to discredit Wikipedia. In Belarus, police officers were given the following tasks: Wikipedia editor arrested. An editor wrote an article about personal sanctions against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who became Putin’s ally during the war. Authorities have since removed the information from the site.

to 2019, Putin proposed replacing Wikipedia with a more “trustworthy” encyclopedia approved by the Kremlin. The Russian president added that he plans to invest 1.7 billion rubles or 26 million dollars in the project.

Wikipedia and YouTube are the only places where Russians can access information about the invasion of Ukraine. Social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have been blocked for anyone not using the Tor browser. Most independent media outlets also left the country after the outbreak of the war.

Wikipedia was temporarily blocked by an article discussing a form of cannabis in the Kremlin in 2015.

Wikipedia’s volunteer editors help crack down on tens of millions of articles. Photo: AFP / Lionel Bonaventure

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