Wikimedia Foundation Files An Appeal Against A Russian Court Order

The Wikimedia Foundation files an appeal against a Russian court order demanding the removal of certain Russo-Ukrainian War related information from the Russian-language Wikipedia, which is one of the few remaining fact-checked sources still available to the general Russian public.

Wikimedia Foundation is a nonprofit organization headquartered in San Francisco, California, registered as a charitable foundation under US law. It owns the Wikimedia projects – which are written and curated by thousands of Wikipedians and other unpaid volunteers and the MediaWiki wiki software.

The Russo-Ukrainian War is an ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. It began in February 2014 following the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity, and initially focused on the status of Crimea and the Donbas, which are internationally recognized as part of Ukraine. Following a Russian military build-up on the Russia–Ukraine border from late 2021, the conflict expanded significantly when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022.

The Wikimedia Foundation filed an appeal against a decision of Moscow court demanding that it removes information related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, arguing that people have a right to know the actual facts behind the Russia-Ukraine war. The reason behind Russia’s anger on wiki is the articles about the Russian invasion of Ukraine which are available in Wikipedia. Russia’s media censorship authority complained about the socially significant contents of Russo-Ukrainian War that are available in Wikipedia and also threatened to fine Wikipedia over Ukraine Invasion Articles.

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