Russia has banned online publication RIA Novosti from its platform, accusing it of having links to terrorism and “organizing” to spread propaganda.
The decision comes just weeks after a similar ban on the publication was imposed in Belarus, with the publication banned in both countries following similar crackdowns.
The RIA has been publishing a number of articles on issues such as the Ukraine conflict and the war in Syria.
It has also published articles on how to be an online citizen in a post-Brexit world, the importance of “smart” social media and the “growing” role of technology in Russia.
In a post to the publication on Thursday, RIA editor-in-chief Aleksandr Pashkin said that the outlet would be shutting down on August 30, and the publication would “continue to work independently and independently without external interference.”
“This is a decision to protect the integrity of the RIA,” he wrote.
“We must be careful about what we publish.”
According to Pashkins, the decision comes at a difficult time for the publication.
The publication has been targeted by both the Ukrainian government and opposition, with its editor-at-large Viktor Shtakalov facing allegations of embezzlement and attempted espionage.