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 No punishment for using sanctioned Russian social media, NSDC says

Ukraine will impose no penalties against Ukrainian users for visiting banned Russian social media, says head of information security department of the National Defense Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Valentyn Petrov.

"We do not deal with content. If any user... now there are numerous ways to overcome [the ban], like VPNs, TORs, please use them. Users will be not punished for that in any form," Petrov said on air of 1+1, Censor.NET reports.

The official added that no penalties are imposed for viewing illegal content on these social media either, including child pornography, as there is no way to conduct investigation as long as the servers are based in Moscow.

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Petrov added that sanctions have been imposed not against VKontakte or Odnoklassniki social media but against business entities that own them. The sanctions provide for banning access of these companies to public telecommunication networks.

As reported earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko enacted the decision by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) on implementing sanctions against social media websites. Internet providers are banned from offering their consumers access to services by "Mail.ru" (www.mail.ru) and socially oriented media VKontakte (www.vk.com) and Odnoklassniki (www.ok.ru). The list also designates services by Kaspersky Lab, Doctor Web and Yandex including Yandex.Money, Yandex.News, Yandex.Photos, and its e-mail service.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n440500