15 Apr 2022 14:12

The Moscow Times reports blocking of its Russian-language website

TALLINN. April 15 (Interfax) - The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) has blocked access to the website of The Moscow Times' Russian-language service on the orders from the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, the media outlet said on Friday.

"Russian telecom operators are blocking access to the website of The Moscow Times' Russian-language service. As this material was being written, the website stopped opening for subscribers of Rostelecom and regional providers, as well as some subscribers of MTS, Beeline, Dom.Ru and other providers," it said.

According to the media outlet, "Roskomnadzor blocked The Moscow Times' Russian-language service in accordance with an April 12 order from the Prosecutor General's Office" over materials on the Ukraine situation.

"The Prosecutor's Office has not yet notified The Moscow Times of its decision," it said.

Roskomnadzor has not been available to Interfax for comment.

The Moscow Times is a Moscow-based English-language media outlet. Founded in 1992 by media manager Derk Sauer, it was released as a daily paper until November 2015. The outlet fully switched to the online format in July 2017. The Russian-language edition of the newspaper has been available since March 23, 2020. Some articles are published in both Russian and in English, while some are intended for Russian-speaking readers only.