For years, Russian officials and ruscist public speakers demanded Wikipedia to be replaced in Russia by a Russian web encyclopedia consistent with the state ideology. Of many attempts to create such an encyclopedia, none have succeeded.
'Ruwiki' was launched in mid-2023 by Wikimedia Russia's ex-CEO Vladimir Medeyko and several other old wikipedians with money from a state-owned VTB Bank.This story
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