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Ukraine: Ukrainian Wikipedia's Traffic Hiked as Russian Wikipedia Striked

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Ukraine, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Law, Politics, Protest, Technology, RuNet Echo

Watcher.com.ua reports [1] [uk] that on July 10, when Wikipedia's Russian-language section suspended its service [2] [en] for one day to protest the Russian draft law “On the Protection of Children From Information Harmful to Their Health and Development,” the Ukrainian-language Wikipedia saw a five-time traffic increase. On that day, according to Wikimedia-Ukraine Foundation [3] [uk], there were over 103,000 visits to the uk.wikipedia.org homepage, which normally receives 20,000-25,000 visitors daily: “The Russian-language Wikipedia's strike shows that Ukrainian Wikipedia has a significant potential, which is not revealed because many Ukrainians prefer [to use Wikipedia in Russian].”