Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, Roskomnadzor (RKN), has sent a letter to the management of Google LLC demanding to remove the restriction on access to the “Heroes’ Street” application, owned by the State TV and Radio Broadcasting Company ‘Saratov’.
According to the RKN, the application which contains information about Russian history has been removed from Google Play. The application introduces the biographies of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War whose names were given to streets in different cities of the country. Its purpose is to preserve the memory of the victory. The letter from RKN notes that “such actions of the Google administration violate the key principles of free distribution of information and unhindered access to it”.
“We emphasize that any actions aimed at suppressing and distorting the memory of the decisive contribution of Soviet soldiers to the victory over fascism and their heroic deeds committed during the Second World War are unacceptable,” the message says.
The RKN recalled that according to Russian law, ignoring warnings by the owners of Internet resources about violations of the rights of Russians on the Internet, including censorship of Russian media, entails administrative fines of up to 1 million rubles. A repeated refusal to comply with the requirements will lead to multiple increases in fines, up to 3 million rubles.