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Russia’s homegrown Wikipedia promises a ‘different direction’ from its inspiration: One where Yevgeny Prigozhin just happened to explode in mid-air

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With the exodus of so much western technology from Russia following its 2022 invasion of Ukraine, one of Vladimir Putin’s priorities has been the attainment of “digital sovereignty”: homegrown tech (and tech companies) that can’t be yanked away by western rivals when Russia does something to displease them.

Efforts at digital sovereignty have taken many forms: Banning VPNs, investigating the possibility of a national game engine, and even the creation of a Russian Valve. But it’s also taken the form of Ruwiki (via 404), a self-censoring domestic alternative to Wikipedia that copies over vast swathes of content with all politically dangerous content quietly excised.

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