Roskomnadzor demanded that Google LLC immediately restore access to the YouTube channels of VGTRK branches owned by Russian state-owned regional media. Previously, the channels of the STRK Stavropolye, Krasnodar, Bashkortostan, Novosibirsk, Kuzbass and Vainakh of the Chechen Republic were blocked on YouTube.
The restrictive measures imposed by the administration of the YouTube video hosting service, owned by the American IT company Google, against Russian media fundamentally violate the key principles of the free flow of information and unhindered access to it. Roskomnadzor considers the blocking of Russian state media channels unacceptable and demands that all restrictions be lifted immediately, that the department be informed, and that the reasons for the introduction of restrictive measures be explained.
Contrary to the fears of many Russians, YouTube is not yet blocked in Russia. Last week, the head of the Russian Presidential Council for Human Rights, Valery Fadeev, said that YouTube should be blocked in Russia for spreading false information, but in this case, Russia would not be able to use this site to publish the truth.