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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Russian Internet Providers Will Enter the DNR Market in 2016

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Today, DNR Minister of Communications Viktor Yatsenko announced at a press conference that Russian ISP providers would enter the domestic market next year:

Next year, we plan to start buying traffic from the Russian Federation. Ukrainian providers would remain in the Republic, but the price of Ukrainian ISP services has grown considerably. The Ukraine officially increased prices on internet traffic by 17 percent. This meant that the price rose to our operators, as we buy all internet access directly from the Ukraine. However, consumer internet access is much cheaper in the DNR than in the Ukraine. Access to services at speeds of 100 megabits per second is no more than 400 Roubles (41 Renminbi. 418 INR. 6.50 USD. 8.40 CAD. 9 AUD. 5.70 Euros. 4.20 UK Pounds), whereas, for example, in Kharkov, the price of this package is 250 Grivnya (732 Roubles. 75 Renminbi. 765 INR. 11.75 USD. 15.30 CAD. 16.40 AUD. 10.50 Euros. 7.70 UK Pounds), and 200 Grivnya (586 Roubles. 60 Renminbi. 612 INR. 9.40 USD. 12.25 CAD. 13 AUD. 8.40 Euros. 6.20 UK Pounds) in Dnepropetrovsk.

6 October 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/russia/rossijskie-internet-provajdery-pridut-na-rynok-dnr-v-2016-godu-minsvyazi.html

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Sunday, 12 January 2014

12 January 2014. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Internet was Here… But Now It’s Not

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The Internet was Here… But Now It’s Not

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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The internet, in its now-familiar global iteration, might disappear in 2014, replaced by dozens of individual national networks with limited access to foreign resources. Sergei Yolkin gives us a picture of that…

12 December 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20131212/983698879.html

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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

2 July 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Juicy Scandal, American-Style

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Juicy Scandal, American-Style

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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The American media reported that the NSA and FBI have direct access to the central servers of the leading internet service providers, but the ISPs deny it. Sergei Yolkin gives us his take on it all.

1 July 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130701/946831633.html

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Russia Without YouTube?

 


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The YouTube video hosting service may become unavailable to Russians. The reason is that the trailer to the notorious film Innocence of Muslims is available there. The Genprokuratura recognised the film as extremist and insulting to Muslims. However, Google, which owns YouTube, refused to restrict access to the clip. The Genprokuratura filed a case in court to forbid the circulation of the film in Russia. There’s been no decision taken on the matter yet, but the Genprokuratura already instructed the Public Oversight Commission to take the appropriate steps. The trailer, which appeared on YouTube, provoked a wave of anti-American protests in Muslim countries.

In spite of requests from governments around the world, Google declared that it wouldn’t delete the clip. Later, access to it was restricted, but not in all countries. For example, in Pakistan, the scandalous film wasn’t blocked. As a result, the local authorities ordered ISPs to close access to YouTube for all Pakistani users. The same could happen in Russia. Amendments to the law protecting children from harmful material come into effect on 1 November. If YouTube doesn’t delete the page containing the forbidden clip by that time, all Russian ISPs would have to restrict access to this site.

Ivan Zasursky, the Chairman of Communications Theory of the Journalism Department of Moscow State University believes, “Still, it’s unlikely that things would go that far, with YouTube being blocked. Even if the law allowed putting YouTube on the list of sites to be blocked, it isn’t obligatory to do so. YouTube is a law-abiding company in all countries where it broadcasts. In some Arab countries, the film is unavailable. I believe that in Russia it’d be unavailable too”.

Meanwhile, Terry Jones, the mastermind of the scandalous film, has become persona non grata in Europe. The American pastor was notorious even before Innocence of Muslims was posted online. He’s known for burning Qurans. Recently, when he wanted to visit Germany at the invitation of an ultra-right group, the German authorities declared that his presence in their country was undesirable. Washington also seems to realise what kind of genie it let out of the bottle. The American government admitted that the wave of protests in the Arab world could result in a long crisis with unpredictable consequences.

18 September 2012

Mikhail Aristov

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_18/Russia-without-YouTube/

 

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