Russia is set to create its own state-backed version of Wikipedia, according to a Tuesday report.
The site will be based on the Great Soviet Encyclopedia and "other Russian scientific" books, according to a report in Pravda, and will serve as a "national scientific and educational" portal. The project was revealed in a document promulgated by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
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The Western version of Wikipedia has encountered some trouble in Russia in the past. It was blocked for some users in both 2013 and 2015 due to pages that were published about cannabis usage. The site was brought back online after the pages were edited to conform to Russian law.
The new state-backed encyclopedia will be overseen by a committee constituted by officials in the country's ministries of communication, education, culture, and sciences. Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko will serve as chairman.
Despite Wikipedia's tumultuous history in Russia, the site has maintained a better presence there than in China, where the Western version is blocked. The website maintains a more limited Chinese version in an effort to comply with the country's censorship laws.