4 Mar 2022 09:06

Access to Meduza and RFE/RL in Russia restricted by decision of Prosecutor General's Office - Roskomnadzor

MOSCOW. March 4 (Interfax) - Access to the Latvia-based Meduza media outlet (designated in Russia as foreign-agent media) and the Russian-language website of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL, also designated in Russia as foreign-agent media) has been restricted in accordance with the decision adopted by the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, according to Russian telecoms watchdog Roskomnadzor.

Data from the service verifying restrictions on access to websites and web pages indicate that access to Meduza and the Russian-language websites of RFE/RL was restricted on the basis of the Prosecutor General Office's February 24, 2022, decision.

The reasons for the restrictions cited in both cases are a violation of the law on information, information technologies and information protection. In other words, the aforementioned media outlets circulated information in breach of the law.

Interfax does not yet have Roskomnadzor's comments on this situation.

As reported, in the early hours of Friday users from Russia began encountering problems with access to Meduza, RFE/RL and the websites of BBC Russian service and the German television company Deutsche Welle, which stopped broadcasting in Russia, while all Deutsche Welle staff were stripped of accreditation.