Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to replace Wikipedia with a “Big Russian” version of the online encyclopedia which he said will house “reliable information,” according to Deutsche Welle (DW).
The proposal was made at the Russian Language Council meeting in the Kremlin on Tuesday.
A project set in motion to create the Russian version of Wikipedia has been allocated a budget of $27 million and will be completed from 2020-2022, according to Newsweek.
Putin’s announcement comes just a week after a new “sovereign internet” law came into force in Russia last Friday which allows the Russian government to disconnect internet from the world wide web.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to replace Wikipedia with a “Big Russian” version of the online crowd-sourced encyclopedia during a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday.
Putin was speaking at a Russian Language Council meeting at the Kremlin when he made the proposal to replace…