The Council explained the blocking of Russian websites

Евросовету объяснили блокировку российских сайтов

The Council of Europe sent a letter with the official position.

Official position to block the Russian Internet sites and the implementation of economic sanctions against companies from Russia outlined in a letter to the Council of Europe.

“The aggression of the Russian Federation and the problems faced by Ukraine, require relevant measures. Resources such as Yandex,, Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki have long been used by Russian secret services as instruments of Russia’s so-called hybrid war,” – said in a letter to the Ukrainian side.

The document notes that the intelligence bodies of the Russian Federation may use the private mail and other sensitive information of users of the Russian Internet resources to manipulate public opinion through disinformation, propaganda and information attacks.

In the message of the Council of Europe noted that, according to statistics provided by SimilarWeb, of 17.55% of unique visits on the website Vkontakte and 15,15% on the website “Classmates” came from Ukraine.

In the past six months, the company, search engine and email client, and the fifth largest website in the Ukraine, had 215 million visits. Statistics also shows that more than 50% of Ukrainians use Facebook.

“Several human rights organizations have called the ban disproportionate measure limiting access to information, but Ukrainian officials defended the move as national security, as this country is a victim of misinformation, propaganda campaigns and cyber attacks using data on Ukrainian users stored in the Russian social networks”, – stated in the message.

We will remind, earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian audience Vkontakte declined by 60%.

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