VKontakte, Odnoklassniki and My World will be blocked in Latvia
The decision was made due to EU sanctions imposed against Yuri Kovalchuk and Vladimir Kiriyenko, whom the Latvian authorities call the owners of social networks
The National Council for Electronic Media (NCEMS) has decided to block Russian social networks in Latvia, the head of the NCEMS, Ivars Abolins, said on Twitter.
“In accordance with the sanctions imposed by the European Union, the NSEMS decided to restrict activities of “VKontakte” (vk.com), “Odnoklassniki” (ok.ru) and “My world” (my.mail.ru) in Latvia»,— he wrote and specified that the platforms would be blocked next week.
According to him, the decision was made because of the evidence that the NSESM allegedly has that the platforms are owned and controlled by Yuri Kovalchuk and Vladimir Kiriyenko, who previously fell under Western sanctions.
Chairman Board of Directors of Bank Rossiya Yuri Kovalchuk fell under EU sanctions as a person from the “inner circle” President Vladimir Putin in mid-March. At the same time, the son of the first deputy head of the presidential administration Sergei Kiriyenko, VK CEO Vladimir Kiriyenko, was included in the sanctions list.
The press service of VK then clarified that the inclusion of the CEO in the EU sanctions list “will not affect the operational and financial activities of VK, as well as interaction with partners.”
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The Baltic countries, including Latvia, have supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict and joined the EU sanctions. The Latvian authorities also canceled the registration of the Yandex.Taxi service. and blocked the Yandex Go app since March 23. On April 21, the Latvian Seimas approved the law on the deprivation of citizenship for supporting the operation in Ukraine.
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