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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko should immediately reverse the ban on Russian websites VKontakte, Odnoklassniki, and Yandex, and take steps to protect freedom of expression and information in Ukraine, according to Human Rights Watch.

“This is yet another example of the ease with which Poroshenko unjustifiably tries to control public discourse in Ukraine,” said Tanya Cooper, Ukraine researcher at Human Rights Watch, an international NGO that conducts research and advocacy on human rights.

“Poroshenko may try to justify this latest step, but it is a cynical, politically expedient attack on the right to information affecting millions of Ukrainians, and their personal and professional lives.”

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Agreed. This is an unwarranted interference in the everyday lives of millions of people caused by a "four legs good, two legs bad" mentality with Russia having the four legs and Ukraine the two. Added to which it is hypocritical - Poroshenko has a Vkontakte account himself, and no doubt the elites like him will get round it either by exempting themselves or by setting up VPNs.

I am trying to imagine Theresa May announcing that she was blocking yahoo and facebook on the grounds that they are nasty yankee facilities and therefore not British enough for our general public.

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