Chess.com Banned in Russia

Russian authorities banned the popular chess website Chess.com for alleged crimes against Russian chess players.

Chess.com was banned by the Russian government agency Roscomnadzor, which is in charge of censorship and has also blocked Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google News, BBC News, NPR, and Amnesty International since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Chess.com’s two pro-Ukraine articles, “On The Invasion of Ukraine” which detailed Russia’s policy and actions regarding the war on Ukraine and addressed FAQ, and “Ukrainian Chess Players In Times Of War” resulted in the website’s ban.

The website issued a statement and encouraged its Russian users to use a VPN which they deemed “so essential” to be able to have continued access to their website’s services. 

The statement expressed their sentiments against Russia’s actions and said, “We reaffirm our condemnation in the strongest possible terms of the Russian government’s war of aggression against Ukraine and will continue to publish content to that effect. We will continue to welcome Chess.com members from Russia who defy the government’s ban and play on Chess.com.” 


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