Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The statement of the MFA DPR in connection with the blocking of the official website

26 January 2015
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On the 20th of January, 2015, without prior notice or explanation, there was blocked the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Donetsk People's Republic www.mid-dnr.org and its official mailing address office@mid-dnr.org. Determining the causes of this situation, we have found that the website was blocked by a decision of a US registered company LogicBoxes, which administers the domain .org.

We pay a special attention to the fact that the representatives of the company could not provide any clear explanations of what happened, chose the policy of total neglect. For the request of the representatives of Russian registrars, LogicBoxes responded yet, indicating that the website was blocked because of its thematic focus.

Such actions may qualify as overt pressure on Donetsk People's Republic authorities and public services, which does not correspond to generally accepted standards of freedom of speech and pluralism.

Clear and tough position of the MFA DPR on a variety of important issues without a doubt has become the main motive of this step.

This is a blatant political provocation, the perpetrators of which, after a mandatory hearing, must necessarily be subject to legal liability.