Year without Russian social networks: what now are the Ukrainians, who were “under the scope” of the SBU

People massively bypasses the ban, and the authorities have found another 21 website, promote fighters

Год без российских соцсетей: чем теперь пользуются украинцы и кто попал «под прицел» СБУ

Banned. Almost all providers complied with the requirement of the authorities

Already this year in Ukraine came under the ban of the Russian social network “Vkontakte”, “Classmates”, as well as a number of popular sites,, and others. As found “Today”, Ukrainians successfully “emigrated” from them, while ardent fans of social networks RF locking is not prevented to use them until now.

The decision of the national security Council, blocking access to social networks, was adopted on 15 may 2017 in the framework of introduction of new sanctions against Russia and to strengthen Ukraine’s information security. Despite the ban, many Ukrainians continue to use them to bypass the lock. For example, yesterday banned the social network “Vkontakte” at the same time used a little more than 375 thousand of the Ukrainians — almost 1% of the total population of the country! Earlier, before the ban, the VC was in Ukraine the most popular social network, it has registered more than 27 million pages from Ukraine, and every day the social network went 10 million people.

Immediately after the ban, the security forces called on Internet service providers, without waiting for special detections to block access. In most cases they have fulfilled this requirement. As told “Today” head of the Internet Association of Ukraine Alexander Fedenko, according to him, there was not a single Internet provider, who would be punished for failure to comply with rules on blocking websites. Thus, Fedenko said:

“Now these countries can be attributed to the concept of critical infrastructure. Have you changed something in it or not during this time is to study unbiased government agencies that monitored the level of influence of information on society. But now this structure we have”.

He also admitted that the did some research.

“Some of my friends are civil servants “live” in the VC. I saw that the man who says he is a zealous opponent of the VC, was there yesterday or the day before yesterday, or 13 minutes ago. This suggests that people still to come. Maybe they go there to study the audience might think that the enemy must know in person,” says Alexander Fedenko.

In the security services told us that almost all Internet service providers promptly complied with the requirements. But they are very few companies that violators are caught relaying Russian TV channels banned (and not in the public domain in the U.S.), punished with a warning.

At the same time, “under the scope” of the security forces were hundreds of Ukrainians who used banned social media to promote the ideas of “DNR” and “LNR”, and who publicly gave instructions on how to bypass the blocking of social networks and the installation of VPN services. As told “Today” SBU, “labor” biography such individuals are almost the same: they were recruited by the intelligence services of Russia, then became the administrators of communities in social networks is prohibited, and some of them publicly urged to bypass the lock and gave detailed instructions on how to do it. According to rosreestra court decisions, such offenders got off with suspended prison terms.

A year later, the struggle for the purity of the information space continues. In MIP are “Today” reported that recently, at the request of journalists has published a new list of 21 of the online resource, recommended for a ban in Ukraine. This time we are not talking about social networks, and the information about the “mouthpiece” of the breakaway republics and annexed Crimea. As explained to us in the Ministry, a list of names propaganda sites have already been transferred to the secret service, and now. But, as seen “Today”, as of yesterday all of these sites propagandists worked, talking about “achievements” of the pseudo-republics.

The “resettlement” of people

Thousands of Ukrainians, including those whose business was promoted using social networks, in the early days of prohibition panicked that supposedly now will suffer losses. But these forecasts were not justified — people massively moved to Facebook (about 2.5 million in the first month), where there jokingly called “settlers”. At the same time the Internet began to actively Ukrainian social network, but the success they’ve earned.

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