The leaders of the so-called "Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics," Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin respectively, on July 22 announced that Google, the world's most popular search engine, would be banned in the occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts.
"The war is not only missiles flying at our cities, but also a flurry of fakes and disinformation being thrown at us from Ukraine," Pasechnik said in a Telegram messenger post.
"In this regard, Western Internet platforms are the same multiple launch rocket systems, only informational."
"Unfortunately, Google is the main weapon: the number of fakes and extremist materials is only increasing, and no fines and court decisions matter to them. The company conducts purposeful propaganda of terrorism and extremism, and therefore simply does not care a doit about its users from the Luhansk People's Republic."
"We do not need such information attacks: either from Ukraine or from the West. We can manage without Google. If they correct themselves, start respecting people, then we will think about their return."
This post caused an extremely negative reaction among the subscribers. Pasechnik turned off comments, but netizens put a lot of dislikes under the post.
Following his Luhansk colleague, Pushilin also announced the blocking of Google.
"The leadership of Russia and the Donetsk People's Republic is taking steps to comprehensively ensure security and protection of the population of the Donbas," he said in a Telegram messenger post.
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"Today, the West and Ukraine are putting unprecedented pressure on the Republic and creating threats to both physical and psychological security. This pressure is aimed at intimidating the residents of the Donetsk People's Republic, breaking their spirit."
"We are sure that they will not succeed, because it is impossible to break the Russian spirit, but it is also impossible not to act in such a situation."
"The inhumane propaganda of Ukraine and the West crossed all borders a long time ago. There is real bullying of Russians, the imposition of lies and disinformation. In this regard, the Google search engine is at the forefront of information technology, which openly, at the behest of its supervisors from the U.S. government, promotes terrorism and violence against all Russians, and especially the population of the Donbas."
"It didn't start yesterday. I believe that such a situation is no longer worth putting up with. We have decided to block Google on the territory of the DPR. This is done in any society with criminals: they are isolated from other people. If Google stops carrying out its criminal policy and returns to the course of law, morality and common sense, there will be no obstacles to its work."
Blocking the service, which refuses to remove materials that are unfavorable to Russia and fights fake news about the war in Ukraine, is another step towards the formation of a closed information space in Russia and its occupied territories.
Earlier NV Techno reported that Google, unlike Russian Yandex, had not removed stories about the atrocities of the Russian military in Ukraine.