The legal battle between Russia and Wikipedia

The online encyclopedia Wikipedia  embroiled in a legal battle with Russia over the military operation in Ukraine.

The Wikimedia Foundation, the owner of Wikipedia, challenged a ruling by a Moscow court ordering the removal of information about the Ukraine war. News Reuters.

Russia operated an operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Since then, the campaign has continued for more than three months.

On the one hand, there is a counter-attack on both sides, on the other hand, there is an information war between the West and Russia.

Russia has called the operation a “special military operation,” but Ukraine and the West have called it a “Ukrainian aggression.”

Russia’s campaign has also been described in Wikipedia as “aggression” (The Russian Invasion of Ukraine), in imitation of the Western media.

Not only that, the published articles mention that Russia has carried out ‘war crimes’ (War crimes during Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine) and genocide (Massacre in Bucha) in Ukraine.

The Russian government has called Wikipedia’s information a “rumor.”

Not only that, Wikipedia was recently instructed by a court in Moscow to remove this information.

Failure to do so will result in a fine of 5 million rubles (৮৮ 6,000).

However, the Wikimedia Foundation has filed an appeal in a Moscow court against the decision.

In it, officials say people have a right to know the “facts of the war” about war.

Stephen Laport, associate general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation, said in a statement that the court’s decision meant that even if the information

obtained and recognized from the exact source published on Wikipedia did not match the Russian government’s statement,

it  considered a rumor.

Laport added that the Russian government is targeting information that is important for human life in times of crisis.

We call for a reconsideration of that decision in the interests of freedom of expression and the right of every human being to know.

Wikipedia is an Internet-based encyclopedia based

on the voluntary work of millions of people around the world. Its webpage can read as well as edited.

And it doesn’t take any software other than

web browser to do that. Internet-based means you can read Wikipedia or add information to it from anywhere in the world.