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Many Tajiks Unable To Access Popular Russian Social-Media Site

Access to the popular Russian social-networking site is being restricted in Tajikistan.

Asomuddin Atoev, the chairman of Tajikistan's Association of Internet Service Providers, told RFE/RL on July 21 that access to the site is being blocked by some Internet service providers based on orders from the state Communications Service.

The majority of the Internet users in Tajikistan, using major Internet providers Babylon Mobile, Babylon T, and Beeline have been unable to access Odnoklassniki since July 18.

Meanwhile, Communications Service officials declined to comment to RFE/RL, saying they are unaware of the problem.

Tajik authorities have blocked or limited the access to several different online sites in the last three years, including Facebook, YouTube, and Google services.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

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