Apr 15, 2022 - World

Kremlin blocks The Moscow Times' Russian website over war coverage

Traffic in Moscow near the Kremlin on April 14.

Traffic in Moscow near the Kremlin on April 14. Photo: Getty Images

Russia blocked access to the The Moscow Times' Russian-language service after it published a report on the invasion of Ukraine, the online newspaper said Friday.

Why it matters: The Moscow Times is the latest of many independent media organizations to face backlash after publishing information about the war that runs counter to the Kremlin's claims.

The big picture: The Moscow Times said Roskomnadzor, Russia's communications watchdog, ordered service providers to block the newspapers' Russian-language service over a report on riot police refusing to fight in Ukraine and returning to Russia.

  • It reported that least 40 domestic and foreign websites have been blocked by the watchdog since the start of the invasion on Feb. 24.
  • The Moscow Times' English-language service is still accessible.

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