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Russia blocks access to Helsingin Sanomat

Russian authorities blocked access to the website Finland's biggest newspaper earlier this week.

HS.fi is now on a list of websites blocked in Russia. Image: Roskomnazdor

A Russian state agency has cut off access to the website of Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

Russian state communications agency Roskomnazdor issued the block on Wednesday, shortly after the decision to ban the Finnish news site was made by the Russian Prosecutor General's Office.

Russian NGO Roskomsvoboda said the ban was due to HS' Russian-language news articles covering the war in Ukraine.

HS established a Russian news site in March shortly after Russia's attack on Ukraine, with the aim of providing Russian-language war coverage.

Yle's Russian news site, Novosti, remains accessible from Russia.

Ilta-Sanomat was the first Finnish news site blocked in Russia due to its Russian-language coverage of the war. That block was issued in April.

Since March, Russian authorities have restricted access to tens of Russian, as well as foreign news media sites, including the British Broadcasting Corporation BBC, Estonian newspaper Postimees and German Deutsche Welle.

Blocked sites can, however, still be accessed in Russia through virtual private networks (VPNs).