Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communication regulator, has blocked the websites of the CIA and FBI, accusing the two US government agencies of spreading false information.
In a report by a Russian state-controlled news outlet, The communications regulator has restricted access to a number of resources belonging to state structures of hostile countries for disseminating material aimed at destabilizing Russia’s social and political situation. The news outlet also quoted the regulator as saying that the two American websites had published inaccurate material and information that had discredited the Russian armed forces. Following these developments, there was no immediate comment from Washington or the US embassy in Moscow.
In addition to blocking these two websites, Russia has made it a criminal offense to discredit its armed forces, a crime punishable by up to five years in jail. Meanwhile, knowingly distributing “false information” about the military carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.
Since Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine in February last year, Roskomnadzor has blocked various independent media outlets, foreign news websites, and social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.