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Ukraine blocks popular Russian-owned social media sites, saying it's a matter of national security

Ukraine blocks popular Russian-owned social media sites, saying it's a matter of national security

Ukraine’s new blocking of popular, Russian-owned social media sites has been met with opposition by human rights groups who consider the move to restrict access to information more in line with authoritarianism than democracy.

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, compared the ban ordered this week by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to censorship by the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“When will Ukraine learn that emulating Russia's repression is no way to distinguish itself from Russia,” Roth said on Twitter.

Sergei Leshchenko, a former...

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