On 28 April 2017, Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s president, signed a decree banning the internet group Mail.ru and its social networks VK and Odnoklassniki, as well as search group Yandex. All four are in the top-10 most popular websites in Ukraine.

The order is part of sanctions imposed by the Ukraine on Russia. Many in the media community oppose the decree, seeing it as attack on the freedom of expression. Groups like Human Rights watch have come out against the ban:

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/05/16/ukraine-revoke-ban-dozens-russian-web-companies

The ban is an issue for online research in the Ukraine as many Internet users there use email providers located in Russia. This may also impact research providers that host surveys in Russia (with research participants in the Ukraine).

However, at present, it’s not clear how the Ukrainian government is going to enforce the ban. Ukraine does not have laws, regulations and technology in place that would allow such a ban (which potentially means that many research participants actually may not be impacted, at least initially).

Cint is closely monitoring the situation and will take appropriate measures to ensure panel supply and accurate feasibility.

For more information, please contact Cint’s Senior Consultant: Peter Millapeter.milla@cint.com

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