Kyiv court rules to block over 400 websites in Ukraine.

ua.depositphotos.com

ua.depositphotos.com

Kyiv's Holosiyivsky District Court has ruled to block access to 426 websites in Ukraine, including those of Russian and Ukrainian media.

That is according to Ukraine's National Commission for Communications and Informatization Regulation (NCCIR) published on its website on February 24.

The court has effectively blocked Russia's RBC, From-ua, Novostiua.org, ZapadMedia, Infopressa, LiveJournal, Telegram statistics service TGStat, GistGitHub, Cryptowiki, etc.

The ruling was handed down as a response to a criminal offense under Part 3 of Article 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (gross fraud, or fraud committed through unlawful operations involving computers). The sanction provides for imprisonment for a term of three to eight years.

Read also Ukraine's SBU puts fringe blogger Shariy on wanted list The court ruling is subject to immediate execution. However, it can be appealed at the Kyiv Court of Appeals within five days.

Background

On February 23, the Kyiv District Court of Kharkiv ruled to block public access to a number of Telegram channels that the SBU Security Service of Ukraine had previously exposed as tools used by Russian assets in their psyops targeting Ukrainian audiences.

The list includes such channels as "Resident", "Lehitymny", "Kartel", "Spletnitsa", and "Resident". The National Commission has been told to oblige Internet providers to block public access to the said resources.

On February 1, it became known that SBU cybersecurity experts had exposed a massive Russian intelligence network that was engaged in a subversive activity supervised by Russian special services. In particular, it ran a number of regional and all-Ukrainian Telegram channels.

The investigation says the asset network was set up by the so-called 85th Main Center of the Special Service at the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (or at what's commonly known as the GRU). It had employed residents of Kharkiv and Odesa, activists of the so-called "Russian spring". At the moment, the culprits work from Tiraspol in the Russian-controlled "Transnistrian Moldovan Republic".

It has been established that the "main manager" of the agent network is an Odesa citizen, one of the organizers of the Odesa "Anti-Maidan". Now he is wanted under several articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Author: UNIAN

Unian

Read the top-news of politics in Ukraine and the world, the latest political news from the UNIAN news agency.

https://www.unian.info/

Related news
Myanmar protests: Why won't China condemn the military junta's violence? - DW News.

Myanmar protests: Why won't China condemn the military junta's violence? - DW News.

Security forces in Myanmar have reportedly opened fire on medical workers who were taking part in a pro-democracy protest in the city of Mandalay. Hundreds of people have been killed and many more injured since a military coup in February overthre...

Biden 'preparing sanctions against Russia including BANISHING officials from US'.

Biden 'preparing sanctions against Russia including BANISHING officials from US'.

JOE Biden is reportedly preparing sanctions against Russia, including banishing officials from the US, over election meddling and cyber attacks. The president's administration is set to announce a string of measures against Russia on Thursday, acc...

1

Texas, Missouri sue Biden admin to reinstate 'Remain-in-Mexico' policy.

Texas, Missouri sue Biden admin to reinstate 'Remain-in-Mexico' policy.

Texas AG Ken Paxton tells 'Fox & Friends First' that he believes the states will win in court and discusses the debate over reforming the Supreme Court. #FoxNews FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service delivering breaking...

Live: George Floyd killing - Former cop Derek Chauvin trial continues.

Live: George Floyd killing - Former cop Derek Chauvin trial continues.

The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis policeman accused of killing George Floyd, begins with opening arguments. Chauvin, who is white, has been charged with second-degree murder and other lesser charges in the May 25 death of Floyd, a...

Cameron lobbying: 'I've not seen anything it' - Committee Chair.

Cameron lobbying: 'I've not seen anything it' - Committee Chair.

The Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments says he's "not really come across anything like it before" after a former Government Chief Commercial Officer was able to take a job at Greensill Capital while still working in Whitehall...

Tearful Charles & Camilla look at flowers and a mini Land Rover for Prince Philip.

Tearful Charles & Camilla look at flowers and a mini Land Rover for Prince Philip.

A TEARFUL Prince Charles and Camilla today gazed over flowers and even a mini Land Rover tribute laid in honour for Philip. Thousands of floral tributes have been left for the Duke of Edinburgh after he passed away aged 99 - with the messages of c...