The Presidential Council says it wants to develop a national alternative first
The Russian Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights intends to close Wikipedia, but not before developing a national alternative. “We must create an alternative as soon as possible and close Wikipedia – said President Valery Fadeev -. I am not asking to close it tomorrow, but obviously we must move towards closing Wikipedia, because it is an ideological and politicized product”.
Fadeev denounced that the portal is full of “distortions” in articles related to political or historical events, also alluding to the section on the war in Ukraine, a text for which Russia has even denounced Wikipedia. For his part, Igor Ashmanov, a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Development and Human Rights, even defined Wikipedia as “a strategic weapon of the enemy” and reported that Russia is working on the Knowledge Portal, based on the Great Russian Encyclopedia.