The authorities of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic have blocked the operation of all Google services on its territory. This was stated by the head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik, accusing the search engine of “flurry of fakes and disinformation.”
The head of the LPR promised to “think” about unblocking Google after the search engine “corrects” and “begins to respect people.”
In May, the Luhansk authorities blocked Facebook and Instagram. The Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the republic stated that the Meta company allowed posting calls for violence against Russian-speaking users on its social networks. At the same time, telecom operators began blocking prohibited information, “which poses a threat to residents.”
In June, the LPR government blocked access to the Viber messenger due to its use by the enemy for military purposes. MOleg Fetisov, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Republic, called the decision a forced response to the “repeatedly frequent use of the service as part of the enemy’s military infrastructure in order to obtain data on the geolocation and location” of critical civilian and military infrastructure.