Russia blocks Cointelegraph, one of the biggest websites for crypto news. The Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media also known as Roskomnadzor, implemented the block on a technical level on October 16.
A developer of a popular Russian anti-censorship browser extension confirmed the block. The developer wishes to remain anonymous for security reasons.
Johann Bihr, the head of the Eastern Europe & Central Asia Desk at Reporters Without Borders, told Cointelegraph:
“The blocking of your website is one more sign that Russia’s online censorship system is becoming more powerful.”
Cointelegraph Is Not The Only One
It seems that Russia is following China’s tactics on website bans. Russia’s block on Cointelegraph is not the only one. In 2015 Roskomnadzor blocked 7 websites involved in crypto, including bitcoin.org.
Furthermore, a 2016 ruling against storage of Russian citizens’ data outside of the country led to a Roskomnadzor block on LinkedIn that is still active today.