Sanctions against disinformation

TU Darmstadt blocks websites of Russian state media following EU Commission decision


Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the European Union (EU) has imposed further restrictive sanction measures against Russia to take action against authors of deliberate misinformation. The TU Darmstadt is fulfilling its obligation based on Council Regulation (EU) 2022/350 of 1 March 2022 by blocking web access to various Russian propaganda media.

With the expansion of sanctions measures, the EU is specifically targeting the spread of disinformation. The focus is in particular on fake news by Russian actors and state media such as Russia Today or the news agency Sputnik. The action is aimed at counteracting the spread of misleading news and the manipulation of society, as independent media have been practically abolished in Russia in the meantime.

Accordingly, TU Darmstadt has blocked access to Russia Today and Sputnik websites within the framework of Council Regulation (EU) 2022/350 of 1 March 2022.

We would urge decentralised operators of DNS resolvers to carry out the blocking themselves, as this cannot be implemented centrally from a technical point of view.