Russian wikipedia blackout in response to proposed internet legislation

    10 July 2012

    Earlier today, the Russian language section of Wikipedia shut down its service and posted in the place of its main portal a public announcement condemning a draft law now under review by the Russian parliament. Law 89417-6, “On the Protection of Children From Information Harmful to Their Health and Development,” entered the Duma in early June with endorsements from members of all four of the represented political parties, but has since generated rising controversy.