The Ukraine-Russia War: When the Internet Keeps Russians in the Dark

  • By Adam Robinson, Olga Robinson, Kayleen Devlin
  • BBC monitoring

In many places, web searching is a gateway to a larger world of information. But in Russia, it’s part of a system that traps people…

Shortly after 20 people were killed in a Russian missile attack on the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk in June, Lev Gershenzon, a former head of Russian technology firm Yandex, typed the city’s name into his search engine to find out more.

The results he got shocked him.

“The sources that appeared at the top of the page were strange and vague. There was a blog by an unknown author who claimed that the information about the victims was false,” he told the BBC.

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