Russian social media networks VKontakte, Odnoklassniki to be blocked in Latvia

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The National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) has decided to block several Russian social networks in Latvia, Ivars Āboliņš, head of the NEPLP, said on Twitter May 12.

In accordance with sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU), NEPLP decided to limit the activities of “VKontakte” (, “Odnoklassniki” ( and “Moi mir” ( in Latvia.

The platforms will be blocked next week, Āboliņš said.


The decision was taken because NEPLP had evidence that the platforms were owned and controlled by Yury Kovalchuk and Vladimir Kiriyenko. These persons face EU sanctions for opposing Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence.

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