The Ukraine-Russia War: When the Internet Kept Russians in the Dark

  • Adam Robinson, Olga Robinson, Kaylin Devlin
  • BBC Monitoring

In many places, searching the Internet is the gateway to a wider world of information. But in Russia, it is part of a system that traps people…

Shortly after a Russian rocket attack on the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk in June killed 20 people, Lev Gershenzon, the former head of Russian tech firm Yandex, entered the city’s name into a search engine to find out more information.

The results he got shocked him.

“The sources that appeared at the top of the page were strange and obscure. An unknown author had a blog and he claimed that the information about the victims was false,” he told the BBC.

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