Moscow, March 17, 2022
One of the most popular Russian Orthodox channels has been blocked by YouTube.
Spas, the premier Orthodox TV station in Russia, had more than a million subscribers to its YouTube channel when it was blocked by the video hosting site earlier this week.
The station is instead developing its channel on the domestic site Rutube. In addition to adding new videos, they are working on uploading all archival videos.
Spas also has a presence on a number of social media platforms.
Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) is demanding that Google LLC remove the restrictions imposed on Spas as soon as possible and explain the reasons for the ban in the first place.
“The agency considers unacceptable any restrictions on any Russian media, and especially those that contribute to the formation of a worldview based on Orthodox values, the development and strengthening of the spiritual and moral foundations of the Russian state,” Roskomnadzor said in a statement.