Sunken Moskva, World Heritage Committee, Book Censorship, More: Ukraine Update, April 24, 2022


Mezha: Moskva cruiser has become an object of underwater cultural heritage of Ukraine. “Hit by the Ukrainian Navy Forces, the Russian flagship of the Black Sea Fleet Moskva missile cruiser, which sank after being damaged with Neptun missiles, became an object of underwater cultural heritage of Ukraine. According to the UNESCO Convention, all traces of human activity on the bottom of the Black Sea, within the economic zone of Ukraine are its property. Therefore, Moskva missile cruiser was entered in the register of underwater cultural heritage of Ukraine under number 2064.”

AFP: UNESCO meeting in Russia on world heritage postponed indefinitely. “A meeting of the U.N. cultural agency’s World Heritage Committee scheduled to have been hosted by Russia in June has been postponed indefinitely, a source said Thursday, after weeks of intense diplomatic wrangling prompted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”

East-West Digital News: Yandex scales back “many planned investments,” withdraws 2022 financial guidance . “In the instable environment created by Russia’s war on Ukraine, Yandex’s annual report to the US Security Exchange Commission (SEC) provides details on a range of pressing business issues and potential company risks. The report was issued Thursday by Yandex’s Netherlands-headquartered mother company, which has been listed on the Nasdaq since 2011.”

CNET: US Military Says SpaceX Handily Fought Off Russian Starlink Jamming Attempts. “A leader from the Pentagon confirmed Elon Musk’s earlier claim that SpaceX successfully defended its Starlink satellite broadband internet service against Russian hacking and jamming attacks.”


Mediazona, translated from Russian: “The task before us is to make it look like Ukraine simply does not exist.” Mentions of Kyiv and Ukraine are removed from the textbooks of the Prosveshchenie publishing house. “On February 24, Vladimir Putin announced the start of a ‘special operation’ and Russian troops invaded Ukraine. Immediately after that, employees of the Enlightenment group of companies, one of the largest and oldest publishers of educational and pedagogical literature in the country, were urged to remove the ‘incorrect’ references to Ukraine and Kyiv from all school textbooks. ‘Mediazona’ talked with the editors of the publishing house about how the ‘cleansing’ of history, geography and literature is going on.”

Moscow Times: Turmoil at ‘Russia’s Google’ Amid Sanctions, War and Censorship. “When Tonia Samsonova started working for Russian tech giant Yandex in 2019, it was a company that shared her vision of using innovation to solve everyday problems. But after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Samsonova was dismayed to discover that the company’s media aggregator was implementing Kremlin censorship and displayed almost no information about the bloody conflict.”

My Lethbridge Now: Galt Museum raises fund for heritage institutions in Ukraine. “The Galt Museum has launched a fundraising campaign to support heritage institutions damaged by the war in Ukraine. The Friends of the Sir Alexander Galt Museum Society are administering the campaign and all proceeds will be transferred to a fund set up by the State Archival Service of Ukraine for reconstruction projects after the war, according to the Galt.”

Baltic Times: Lithuanian minister in Kyiv: ‘absurd’ that Russia chairs UNESCO heritage committee. “Lithuanian Culture Minister Simonas Kairys, who is visiting Kyiv on Friday, described as absurd the situation where Russia, which waging war in Ukraine and destroying the country, is chairing UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.”

Mediazona, headline machine-translated from Russian: Roskomnadzor blocked two pages of the website of the chess portal; chess player Karjakin asked to restrict access to it. “Roskomnadzor, at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office, blocked two links to the pages of the chess portal Roskomsvoboda drew attention to this . The reason for blocking was the article ‘On the war in Ukraine’. It states that ‘ strongly condemns the Russian government’s military aggression against Ukraine and its people.’ In addition, according to the authors of the site, they blocked the accounts of chess players who fell under international sanctions.”


Reuters: Russia fines Google for distributing videos made by Ukrainian far-right groups -TASS . “A Moscow court on Thursday said it had found Alphabet Inc.’s Google guilty of an administrative offense and fined the company for what the TASS news agency said was its distribution of video clips on YouTube produced by Ukrainian far-right groups.”

Reuters: Ukraine’s postal service hit by cyberattack after Moskva warship stamp goes on sale online . “Ukraine’s national postal service Ukrposhta said it had been hit by a cyberattack on Friday after sales of a postage stamp depicting a Ukrainian soldier making a crude gesture to a Russian warship went online.”

New York Times: Hackers Claim to Target Russian Institutions in Barrage of Cyberattacks and Leaks. “Hackers claim to have broken into dozens of Russian institutions over the past two months, including the Kremlin’s internet censor and one of its primary intelligence services, leaking emails and internal documents to the public in an apparent hack-and-leak campaign that is remarkable in its scope.”

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