(Reuters) – Russia plans to create its own “Wikipedia” to ensure its citizens have access to more “detailed and reliable” information about their country, the presidential library said on Friday.
Citing Western threats, the Kremlin has asserted more control over the Internet this year in what critics call moves to censor the web, and has introduced more pro-Kremlin content similar to closely controlled state media such as television.
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia assembled and written by Internet users around the world, has pages dedicated to nearly every region or major city within Russia’s 11 time zones, but the Kremlin library said this was not good enough.
“Analysis of this resource showed that it is not capable of providing information about the region and life of the country in a detailed or sufficient way,” the state news agency RIA quoted a statement from the presidential library as saying.
“The creation of an alternative Wikipedia has begun.” It was not known whether the project might affect Russians’ access to the existing Wikipedia in any way.