Russia’s started to block 'Krym.Realii' website that was a Ukrainian branch of Radio Free Europe, the Kremlin’s protégé for a position of the Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya says.
'Due to the materials collected by Crimean prosecution, Roskomnadzor (the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications – Ed.) is carrying out procedures to block access to the project,' she said.
The prosecutor's office of Crimea had suspected 'Krym.Realii' of 'extremist activities.'
Poklonskaya said that the project’s publications "include justification of sabotage, extremism, absolute discredit of Crimean authorities and stirring up national hatred.'
In April, the collected materials were sent to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.
On April 19, they initiated a criminal case against the journalist of 'Krym.Realii' Mykola Semena on suspicion of extremist activity.
According to occupation authorities, he prepared materials which contained calls for the violation of Russia’s territorial integrity.
The journalist was sentenced to a preventive measure in the form of his own recognizance.
'Krym.Realii' started its work after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 as an alternative media that covered Russian position on Crimea.