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 Russia's Federal Education and Science Supervision Agency 'joked' on banning Wikipedia

Wikipedia 'does not help, it harms education." Such opinion was voiced by the deputy head of Russia's Federal Education and Science Supervision Agency Aleksandr Biserov.

This is reported by Censor.NET citing Russian media.

According to him, the online encyclopedia has 'huge amount of mistakes." "Let them use the Wikipedia - they will receive relevant grades," Biserov said referring to students who use Wikipedia to prepare for their exams.

"My opinion is, and I voiced it many times, that Wikipedia needs to be banned, simply censored," the official said.

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As emerged later, this 'opinion' to ban Wikipedia was a joke.

"Disregard the message, it was said as a joke, with irony, so not worth reacting," the press center of the Federal Education and Science Supervision Agency explained.

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Wikipedia comprises over 35 million articles on over 100 languages.

As of Jan. 1, 2015, more than 1,000,000 of Wikipedia texts were in Russian. The articles are published and edited by volunteers. Experts have noticed multiple cases of publishing knowingly false statements on the encyclopedia.

In April 2015, Russian libraries were planning to create an electronic library which would become an alternative source of scientific knowledge and an alternative to the Wikipedia. The library was to be based on printed reference books.

 
 
 
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