Disinfo: Ukraine turns into a police state


Judging by the Kyiv’s decision to register Ukrainian users of Russian social networks, Ukraine intends to build a police state


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about censorship and Ukraine, connected with the ban of Russian social network "Vkontakte".

In fact, the decision to register all the users of Vkontakte in Ukraine is only a proposition and it will be discussed during the next six months.

The National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine notes that the activation of Russian social networks before the elections may pose a threat to the country's national security. Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council Serhiy Demedyuk says that the activation of Vkontakte is not happening to provide the user with access to the social network without using additional services to bypass the sanctions, but to collect information about the citizens of Ukraine, spread disinformation and to influence and manipulate public opinion.

In 2019, Freedom House published a report on Internet freedom in various countries. Ukraine is assessed in it as a “partially free country” (56 out of 100 points), while Russia is “not free” (31 out of 100 points).


  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Police, social media, Censorship, Abandoned Ukraine


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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