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Moscow accuses YouTube of blocking the account of the channel of the Russian Parliament

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Russian officials on Saturday accused the YouTube platform, which belongs to the US giant Google, of having blocked the Russian parliamentary channel and promised reprisals.

The speaker of the lower house of Parliament, Viacheslav Volodin, stated that the YouTube channel “Duma-TV” had been blocked and denounced that with this measure the United States violated “the rights of the Russians.”

“The United States wants to have a monopoly on the dissemination of information,” he said on his Telegram account. “We can’t allow it,” she assured.

AFP journalists in Moscow confirmed that this Saturday morning it was not possible to access said channel on the platform, with or without a virtual private network (VPN), a device that allows blocking to be avoided.

According to Moscow, the “Duma-TV” channel has more than 145,000 followers on YouTube. It broadcasts extracts from parliamentary debates, interviews with Russian deputies and live broadcasts.

“Everything seems to indicate that YouTube has signed its own sentence,” reacted the spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy, Maria Zajarova, on Telegram.

Russia’s telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor has asked Google to “immediately” restore the “Duma-TV” account.

In recent weeks, in the midst of the conflict in Ukraine, the Russian authorities have already accused YouTube on several occasions of blocking the accounts of Russian media and officials.

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