Violent Censorship: Ukrainian Security Service raids Yandex offices


May 29, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

RIA Novosti – translated by J. Arnoldski – 

Officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have raided Yandex offices in Kiev and Odessa, the Russian company has reported. 

“We do not yet have any information on the reasons behind the SBU’s actions today. Lawyers are already on their way to our offices. As part of legal procedures, we are ready to provide authorities with the needed information,” the company’s statement reads.

According to the Ukrainian internet publication Marketingchallenge, the searches were carried out under the “state treason” article.

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“This article covers threats to the country’s information security. Those guilty under this article are threatened with imprisonment for a sentence of 12-15 years and confiscation of property,” the publication reported, citing the press secretary of the SBU, Elena Gitlyanskaya.

The Russian President’s Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, has said that the Kremlin does not yet possess any information on the searches in Yandex’s offices. According to Peskov, “we have to understand what they are connected with.”

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On May 17th, as part of expanding its anti-Russian sanctions, Ukraine banned access to the Russian social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki as well as Yandex and services. 

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