About two weeks ago, during an interview, Vladimir Putin signaled his tacit support for using bitcoins in Russia. The Russian President stated that the digital currency shouldn’t be banned and that it could have possible uses for some government institutions.
But it seems that the Russian censorship haven’t finished. Yesterday, Roskomnadzor, the Kremlin’s media watchmen, threatened to block another news website. Officials yesterday told Zuckerberg Pozvonit, or “Zuckerberg Calling,” which focuses on news related to Internet entrepreneurialism, that it must delete or edit within the next three days an article it published about bitcoins. The suddenly controversial article, titled “What Are Bitcoins and Who Needs Them?”, was published more than two years ago in April 2013.
Vyacheslav Tsyplukhin, the publisher at Zuckerberg Pozvonit, stated on Facebook that, according to its editorial policy, ZP media intentionally avoids any political issues. Given this, Tsyplukhin says he is surprised by the court’s decision:
“We haven’t discussed this issue collectively yet, but I maintain the position that we don’t have to delete anything. Let them close the website, and then let them explain to our 1.8 million readers, and to the industry, what is going on.”
Roskomnadzor warned it would block the