#Commentary of Alla Barkhatnova on initiation of process of implementation of interdiction measures against Russian IT companies

The National Agency of Ukraine on Corruption Prevention requires that declaration entities replace electronic addresses on Russian domains in the register of declarations. This requirement is related to the Poroshenko’s decree imposing sanctions on known Russian companies.According to the Ukrainian leadership, this is dictated by the national interests of the country and the need to ensure its security. But is it?

The recommendations propose to change the mailboxes of such Russian domains as “Mail.ru”, “Yandex.ru”, “bk.ru” to ones created on Ukrainian servers, “gmail.com” is included on that list as well. Since when has Google Mail become Ukrainian? That is, the Special Services of Ukraine do not mind that the information about the email correspondence of Ukrainians will be available to Americans. What are the national interests and security measures the Ukrainian media talking about?

Currently, Ukraine never ceases to amaze with its absurd decisions, which are contrary not only to the principles of freedom of speech but also to common sense in general. The Kiev authorities, asserting its commitment to “European values”, manifests a severe dictatorship against its citizens, openly curtailing their right to free access to information and creating a sort of information ghetto.

Most of information is received via the Internet in the digital world. Large social networks such as “VKontakte” and “Odnoklassniki”, the most popular ones in the Commonwealth of Independent States, have become a source of information that has long surpassed the scale of television and other resources. The lion’s share of the Internet users in Ukraine does not represent its life without the ease of use of the various information groups and the ease of communication of social networks. However, the power of the “democratic” state seems to believe otherwise by expanding the sanctions list, which affects the popular websites such as “Odnoklassniki”, “VKontakte” and “Yandex”. Of course, such a policy would cause resentment among the majority of the population.

The largest Ukrainian providers have already stated that this decree is doomed to failure because of the lack of technical and material content. Ukraine will need enormous resources for a full lock. By the way, people will still use different technical means to circumvent this prohibition. Therefore, all attempts of authorities to control the information field in this way will fail and it will be a subject to criticism from the international community.

In my opinion, the ban of social networks and email services is another attempt by Kiev to break all possible financial and social ties with Russia. It is not possible to prosecute national interests or speech because, in the most modest way, sanctions are imposed on the majority of Ukraine population. It is therefore not hard to guess what consequences will be for a state that has been riding for a fall.

Alla Barkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy

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