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Russian Government IP Address Caught Editing German Wikipedia MH17 Article

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Breaking News, Censorship, Governance, War & Conflict, RuNet Echo

IP addresses inside the Russian government continue to be active on Wikipedia, where a computer at the Russian Secret Service, the FSO, revised the German entry [1] for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, changing the word “separatists” into “rebels.” [2] The Twitter bot @RuGovEdits [3], which automatically logs all Wikipedia edits made from Russian government IP addresses, caught five separate attempts [4] by an FSO computer this morning to make the “rebels” language stick. The effort failed. German Wikipedia editors reverted the article's language to the original text, every time.

German Wikipedia's MH17 makeover, brought to you by the Russian government.