President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on new sanctions against Russia, which include, in particular, blocking access to social networks "VKontakte" and "Odnoklassniki", as well as all services of "Yandex". The text of the decree is published on the official website of the head of state.
The decree obliges Ukrainian Internet providers and telecom operators to block access to Russian social networks "Odnoklassnikam" and "VKontakte". Access to social networks is blocked within the limits imposed on Mail.Ru Group. Providers will also have to block access to the Mail.ru website itself.
In the case of "Yandex" it is a question of blocking all Internet services of the company and the main page of the search engine, as well as their Ukrainian versions. In particular, the restrictions will affect the Yandex mail client, Yandex.Money, Yandex.Taxy, Yandex.Maps, Yandex.Direct, Yandex.Browser, Yandex.Photo sites.
Also, there is a blocking of the sites of Kaspersky Lab's anti-virus companies and DrWeb. Sanctions also affected media companies: VGTRK, NTV-Plus, TV Center, RBC, TNT, Zvezda and Ren TV.
In total, 468 organizations and 1228 individuals were included in the sanctions list. The decree of the President of Ukraine comes into force from the moment of publication, on May 15. The term of sanctions for these IT companies is three years.