Ukraine's decision to block the most popular sites and resources in the country due to the fact that they are of Russian origin, gathered a rich harvest of feedback - and this feedback can tell a lot about us. Not about Ukraine, not - with her for a long time everything is clear. But what about a number of "Western partners" have dispelled the last doubts.
Let's imagine that in January 2015, immediately after adoption by the Verkhovna Rada developed Yuliey Timoshenko and his comrades of the law on the recognition of Russia as an aggressor, Moscow would be taken against Ukraine action. Something like those on which American policy is based in regard to Cuba, Iran or North Korea.
It could be a ban for Russian citizens doing business in Ukraine, the severance of diplomatic relations, the restriction of travel of citizens, economic and political blockade. In parallel to the multinationals put a choice - either to work in Ukraine or in Russia. And there are no more Russian banks, the Russian media, Russian IT-companies and service providers.
Now imagine the reaction r. N. the international community and the Russian liberals to such news. Represent loud statements of the Council of Europe and the leaders of Germany and France in person. We represent the outrage of the US State Department.
"Empire crushes Ukrainian freedom." "Moscow wants Kiev to stifle information and cost." "Russia has finally returned to the club totalitarian countries." And other, other, other.
However, for such a ban in respect of Ukraine out of the question - and not talking. Therefore, Ukraine alone year after year survival of Russian business in the country, despite the economic losses of the state and individuals.
On Wednesday, a decision Petra Poroshenkoprohibit activitiesRussian IT-companies and distribution of their products, including the "VKontakte", "Classmates", RBC, "Yandex" services of Mail.ru mail, "Kaspersky Lab", DrWeb, accounting software 1C, which are 98% of accountants in Ukraine, and many others continue to collect comments.
"One step that Petr Poroshenko dealt a terrible blow to the freedom of speech in Ukraine. This is an unforgivable violation of the Ukrainians the right to receive information of their choice, the EU and other international partners of Ukraine should immediately call on Ukraine to cancel it, "- said in a statement researcher at Human Rights Watch on Ukrainian Tani Kuper, published on the website of the organization.
Concern was expressed by the Council of Europe Secretary General Turbern Yagland: "Blocking social networks, search engines, e-mail services and news websites is contrary to our common understanding of freedom of speech and freedom of the media. Moreover, such prohibitions do not comply with the principle of proportionality ", - said in a statement Jagland, posted on the website of the Council of Europe.
That is, on the one hand, the international community seems to be aware that Ukraine once again has done something wrong.
However, Kiev's actions were fully supported by NATO. "The Ukrainian government has made it clear that this decision - a security issue and not the freedom of speech", - stated in the press-service of the organization. The alliance also said that they believe in Kiev commitment to international commitments and actions in Ukraine checks and balances.
Thus, there is an interesting conflict. Human Rights Watch can not support freedom of information - so in their condemnation of the actions of Kiev's nothing new there. Jagland statement is also an expression of the Council of Europe's policy in support of freedom of speech.
The European Union still silent. As UNIAN correspondent, the official estimate or a reaction to the sanctions decision will be approved in the EU after receiving detailed information. However, Berlin has "expressed concern", stressing that sanctions Ukraine disagree with the "values of the EU."
However, an unambiguous endorsement of this blocking of NATO leads to unpleasant, but, alas, the only possible conclusion. Despite repeated statements that the block policy is not directed against Russia, it is not so. NATO sees Russia as an enemy, and it supports any actions by third countries against it.
Therefore, the conviction of Kiev's action by the Council of Europe is unlikely to have a serious follow-up. When the cannons speak, the Muses are silent - even if it is a gun of the Cold War.
It is difficult to even imagine that the ban Ukrainian citizens to obtain information from their preferred sources will cause even the lowest sensitivity sanctions by the EU or the US with their "First Amendment." When they are not, Washington is well able to "pripodzakryvat 'eyes to the pervasive violations of freedom of speech - as it happens, for example, with their main ally in the Middle East in the name of Saudi Arabia.
And now, after all, try to imagine what it would be if the ban on the most popular countries are the sites came from the Russian, rather than Ukrainian authorities ...
Ukraine has actually turned not even a litmus test, and in a graduated measuring the degree of application of the principle of double standards of the West towards Russia. Now the needle is not at the maximum position, but close to it.
Freedom of speech, freedom of business, in general, any freedom can be forgotten when it comes to actions against our country.
Thank you, we have heard.