The Daily Populous

Tuesday April 5th, 2022 day edition

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Russia's telecommunications regulator has doubled down on its warning to Russian-language Wikipedia over an article it says contains "inaccurate information" about the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine.

In a press release, the agency said it was issuing the fine due to Wikipedia's "failure to delete illegal information.".

The article in question, titled "The Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022)," mentions injuries and fatalities among Ukrainian civilians citing U.N. data, as well as deaths among Russian servicemen.

Putin on February 24 said he wants to disarm Ukraine and eliminate the threat it poses to Russia's national security.

"In particular, in the article, the special military operation is called 'Russia's invasion of Ukraine,' 'Russian aggression against Ukraine,' 'Russian-Ukrainian war' and 'war'," the notice said.

Roskomnadzor has also cracked down on independent media outlets in Russia for their reporting on Putin's Ukraine invasion.

Wikipedia is unusual in that the online encyclopedia "is written collaboratively by largely anonymous volunteers", as Wikipedia's article about itself says. »

Wargaming announces decision to leave Russia and Belarus

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The company has decided it will not own or operate any businesses in Russia and Belarus and will leave both countries.

Effective March 31 the company transferred its live games business in Russia and Belarus to local management of Lesta Studio that is no longer affiliated with Wargaming.

During the transition period the live products will remain available in Russia and Belarus and will be operated by the new owner. »

German man gets 90 Covid shots to sell forged vaccine cards with real batch numbers

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A German man allegedly got himself vaccinated against Covid-19 about 90 times in a bid to sell fake vaccination certificates carrying real vaccine batch numbers for people against inoculation.

Officials caught the sexagenarian at a vaccination centre in Eilenburg when he turned up for a Covid shot for the second day in a row.

The country’s disease control agency confirmed 74,053 new Covid cases on Sunday due to the dominant Covid variant. »

The Fantasy of the Free World

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Chastened by Putin’s gross violation of norms, democracies will band together in a muscular reaffirmation of the liberal international order.

But it will neither reshape the global order nor presage an ideological showdown of democracies against China and Russia.

The varied responses to the war muddle any vision of U.S.-aligned democracies pitted against Russian-aligned autocracies. »