Russia to create its own ‘reliable’ version of Wikipedia

Russia will create its own version of Wikipedia to allow citizens "detailed and reliable" information about the country, the presidential library revealed on Friday 14 November.

Russia to create its own Wikipedia

Despite online encyclopaedia Wikipedia having pages dedicated to every major city and region inside the country, the Kremlim said that this was not good enough, adding "The creation of an alternative Wikipedia has begun."

The presidential library has already taken in 50,000 books and archive documents from 27 libraries around Russia to start the encyclopaedia for Russia.

RIA, the state news agency, has quoted the Kremlin library as saying "Analysis of this resource showed that it is not capable of providing information about the region and life of the country in a detailed or sufficient way.”

This is not the first time that Russia has tried to control areas of the internet: since February, state authorities have been able to block websites – such as those of critics - without a court order.

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