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Facebook blocks Russian accounts for “khokhols”

Facebook will block all accounts for the use of the word "khokhol" in their posts.
A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in Zenica, in this photo illustration

The administration of the social network Facebook has blocked the Russian accounts, in particular, the account of a controversial Russian writer Eduard Bagirov for the use of the phrase “poor khohols.” It is stated in the reply of Facebook at the request of the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Gazeta.ua.

“The word “khokhols” in such presentation falls under the list of words such as “nigger” and others and violates the rules of the community,” Facebook said in response.

Accounts are blocked if “there is a real threat of physical harm or direct threat to public safety.”

It should be recalled that in his post Bagirov expressed his admiration for the fact that, despite all sanctions and “attempts to talk to Russia from the position of strength,” the rating of Vladimir Putin has reached an absolute maximum. In his view, the main difference between the Ukrainians and Russian is that in Russia General Vlasov is considered a traitor, while the leaders of the Ukrainian nationalists as Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych are “national heroes” in Ukraine. Thus, in his post Bagirov compared the Russians and “poor khokhols.”

Bagirov explained that for him, as for a Russian writer, deeply embedded in the Russian literature, the word “khokhols” did not have any negative tone.

“It is a brotherly salutation. When my friends-khokhols call me a katsap or a soldier, I would never find a negative tone there. For me, as for a writer, there is no such tone. It is a word from the Russian language, and I see nothing bad in it. Moreover, whatever one may say, the Ukrainians are our brothers. We are one nation. I would seek nothing negative here,” he said.