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Ukraine bans everything Russian, including TV and social networks

Staff Writer | May 16, 2017
The two most popular social networks in Ukraine are now banned. Russian-owned Vkontakte, search engine Yandex, and Odnoklassniki are used by more than half of the Ukrainian population, and are far more popular than rivals Facebook and Google+.
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For VK.com, the Ukrainian market is the second largest after Russia, with an estimated 15 million users in the country. Odnoklassniki (which translates as Classmates) is also widely popular.

The social networks were blocked because of sanctions imposed against their parent company, Russian IT giant Mail.Ru Group.

Kiev also banned Russian IT company Yandex, which offers similar services to Google – search engine, maps and various apps for smartphones.

Yandex, known as Russian Google, is one of the top five most popular global search engines.

Russian anti-virus software makers Kaspersky Lab, one of the leading global internet security companies, and DrWeb have also been banned.

VK.com, Mail.ru and Yandex.ua are the most visited sites in Ukraine besides Google and YouTube.

Ukraine also prohibited several Russian media and TV channels, including Rossiya Segodnya, RBC, VGTRK, TNT and several others. The ban includes blocking of assets, ban on transactions and broadcasting.

Kiev's updated blacklist includes 1,228 individuals and 468 companies.


 

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