Russian law on ‘fake news’ prompts media to halt reporting as websites blocked

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By Pavel Polityuk and Aleksandar Vasovic LVIV, Ukraine/KYIV (Reuters) – Russia blocked Facebook and some other websites on Friday and passed a law that gave Moscow much stronger powers to crack down on independent journalism, prompting the BBC, Bloomberg and other foreign media to suspend reporting in the country. Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, the biggest on a European state since World War Two, has created over 1 million refugees, a barrage of sanctions and fears of a global economic hit and wider conflict in the West unthought-of for decades. Fighting was raging in Ukraine as Russian troops be…

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