Access to all Yandex-affiliated sites banned in Latvia: what is happening
Latvia has closed access to all websites associated with the Russian technology group Yandex. The decision was made by the National Electronic Mass Media Council of Latvia (NEPLP).
This statement was made by the head of NEPLP Ivars Āboliņš. He wrote about this in his account on X, formerly known as Twitter.
In the future, the country also plans to close access to Yandex Music, which provides free access to podcasts and similar content created in Russia by sanctioned persons.
According to Delfi, on April 7, 2022, NEPLP decided to restrict access to yandex.ru and its mirror sites in Latvia.
"Yandex disagreed with the regulator's decision and filed an appeal with the Administrative District Court, which will consider the application in writing on February 29, 2024.
As a reminder, in August, Yandex.kz stopped opening for Internet users in Kazakhstan. The Ministry of Digital Development of the country explained that it had stopped the work of the Yandex web resource amid information about the transfer of user data to the Russian FSB.
After a large-scale leak of the source code of Yandex services, it became known that the company censored search results for images and videos. For example, Yandex resorted to blocking the display of photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin for requests containing nicknames offensive to the Russian dictator, such as "old bunker resident" and phrases about his death.