Vladimir Putin thinks Wikipedia is unbelievable

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Russia is continuing its march towards an Internet independent of the "West" and thus easy to control by the state apparatus. The next element of your own Russian Internet will be the online encyclopedia.

Vladimir Putin said that Wikipedia is not a sufficiently reliable source of knowledge. So Russia will have its own online encyclopedia. Therefore, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree establishing a nationwide encyclopedic portal and creating the Great Russian Encyclopedia (Большой российской энциклопедии, БРЭ). The document was published on Friday on the official an internet portal containing legal information. The immediate impulse to start work was statement President of Russia. Vladimir Putin said Wikipedia is not a trustworthy source and should be replaced.

The Great Russian Encyclopedia, which has existed for 21 years, is a poor being compared to Russian Wikipedia.

According to the editor of the Great Russian Encyclopedia, cited by the TASS agency, the construction of the portal is to cost about 2 billion rubles, or about 1.2 billion PLN. However, the investment will take place on a much larger scale: the government's plan approved by Prime Minister Medvedev also includes financing the establishment and operation of the research and education center, which is to be the scientific base for the Encyclopedia.

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As you can read in the Act, the Great Russian Encyclopedia online is to provide readers with "reliable, constantly updated information based on scientific, verified sources of knowledge."

Stanisław Kozłowski, executive director of Wikimedia RU told Interfax that the Russian version of Wikipedia is not afraid of competition from the new project and wishes him success in the project.

We will be pleased if more such sources appear – said Kozłowski. At the same time, he noticed that the Great Russian Encyclopedia has been functioning for 21 years. Its creation cost the country several billion rubles. The online version appeared in 2016. The number of articles is several times smaller than on Wikipedia, and the volume of one article is three, four times smaller than what is published by Russian Wikipedia. And many of her texts are 15 years old – said Kozłowski.

Despite Stanisław Kozłowski's calm, Russian Wikipedia members anxiously reacted to the idea of ​​a government attempt to replace Wikipedia with the official national version.

In 2015, Russia briefly blocked its citizens from accessing the Russian version of Wikipedia on the basis of the law on combating drug addiction, and the pretext was a service article on cannabis. | allthingsblogging.com

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