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VKontakte users from Ukraine told about receiving notification of elections in Russia due to blocking bypass

A user of “VKontakte” from Ukraine said that the social network sent him a notification of the application “Elections-2018” from the Central Election Commission of Russia in Ukrainian. This was reported by the Telegram-channel “Code of Durov”.

Screenshot from the Telegram-channel “Code of Durov”

In the press service of the social network explained that the notice is shown only to users with Russian IP-addresses. According to the user, he is in the Dnieper and because of the blocking of VKontakte on the territory of Ukraine uses the Russian VPN. The language of the notification depends on which language is selected in the user’s preferences.

On the appearance of the official application “Elections-2018” from the CEC in “VKontakte” became known on the evening of March 7. It helps to find the address of the polling station for the election of the Russian president on March 18. [] The notification is seen by everyone who has an adult age in the social network. It is not clear, however, whether a minor user can see agitation if he sets himself another date of birth.

In May 2017, Ukraine adopted a new package of sanctions against Russia. Restrictions have touched Mail.Ru Group, which led to the blocking of “VKontakte” and “Classmates”, which owns the holding. The ban also included the company “Yandex” and all its services.

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