Ukrainians leave Russian social media



2014/08/01 • News

After the Ukrainian Security Service’s calls to spend less time on Russian social networks, Ukrainian users started actively deleting their pages from the popular websites “Vkontakte” and “Odnoklassniki.” Starting August 1, the so-called blogger law has been enacted in Russia. It allows Russian intelligence full rights to access all personal data of website users. In light of recent events, such information in the hands of the Russian intelligence services may pose a threat for the Ukrainian state and its people.

This was reported to ZIK by Tetyana Kuzminchuk.

Media expert Otar Dovzhenko is asking his students to ignore all things Russian. He says that the rejection of anything related to the occupiers is a logical step for any self-respecting citizen.

“Russian social networks hosted the page of the journalism school where I work. We did not delete it, but suspended it and recommended that everyone go to Facebook and read us there. Out of our 1000 users, 90% are on Facebook, therefore it does not constitute a big problem,” said Journalism School professor Otar Dovzhenko.

Investigators note that the amount of users on the alternative, non-Russian social network Facebook, has grown exponentially in the past year. Therefore, they think that this social network will soon become the most popular. Also, surfing “Odnoklassniki” or “Vkontakte” and looking at advertisements there means lending support to the Russian economy.

“We have to understand where the founder of ‘Vkontakte’ is right now. Durov (founder of Vkontakte social network) has fled Russia, he is far away from this country. If the founder of this social network himself has fled, what should the users of the website do while it is being controlled by forces that are neither friendly nor brotherly toward us,” thinks media expert Yuriy Zaliznyak.

The Ukrainian Security Service also published a list of other internet resources which should not be used. Among them are Yandex,, Moi Mir, Fotostrana, and many others. Experts predict that this kind of boycott of Russian websites may start an online revolution.

Source: ZIK

Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina, edited by Elizabeth Martin

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  • W8post

    For sentimental reasons, you’re right. But logical? I doubt it. I’m no fan of America[ns], should that be a reason to give up my FB-account? And, btw, ask Edward Snowden who[m] is watching Facebook? Is there a difference between Russian intel and NSA? AND, they’re watching each other…

    • Milton Devonair

      who is watching/reading is far different than doing what putin is. I don’t know where you live, but in America, I’ve not heard of anyone going to prison for what they said in the internet–unless they threatened to kill someone or something like that, which is a crime in person also.

      • W8post

        To answer your question first: I’m Dutch, living in Mexico. Here in Mexico the government is a kind of copying what ‘they’ are doing in Turkey, Egypt and Russia. Just now they are approving new laws to limit internet use AND interference for/by the Government as they please. The younger generation is not very pleased with the outcome of all this government meddling. I’m on Vkontakt as well as FB. But my limit is the knowledge of Ukrainian. But you’re right; I one feels threatened, any way, you look for another horizon.

  • Milton Devonair

    Good Ukraine. Be as independent as possible and if a neo-soviet dictator is running your ‘facebook’, then leave and go elsewhere. You’re also probably a LOT safer as russians can and do go into other countries to kidnap and murder people.

    Good job.

  • Martin Holla

    i think that is better to post some true information from Ukraine on some public VK groups. Rusians should know true.