From April 1 to July 1, in Russia has been conducted an experiment to provide free access to certain information portals. The idea of the project belongs to President Vladimir Putin. The experiment on free access to socially significant websites will be extended until December 31, 2020, RIA News reports.
Free sites are divided into categories, namely “Science”, “Sport”, “Work and Career”, “Delivery”, “Social and Volunteer Projects”, and others. First of all, the list includes Mail.ru, Yandex, and Rambler portals. Among the assets of Mail.ru Group, there are also social networks Odnoklassniki and Vkontakte, delivery service Delivery-club, Sbermarket, the ad aggregator Yula.ru, and others.
In the list, there are also the websites of public authorities (the official websites of the President and the State Duma), ministries of culture, education and science, the Legal Information Portal, and the Electronic Justice Portal. Among the news aggregators, there is Russia Today, RBC, Moskovsky Komsomolets, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Izvestia, TASS, and others.
The largest Internet providers of the country, such as Rostelecom, MTS, Megafon, and others, take part in the experiment, CNews reports. Currently, the project applies only to fixed (home) Internet. The providers offer free access to the websites specified in the list made by the Ministry of Communications for subscribers who have existing agreements with these providers.