Russian project “Ruviki” will compete with Wikipedia
However, behind the new project is the same team that previously worked on the Russian-language section of Wikipedia.
At the international forum RIF-2023, a new project “Ruviki” was presented – the Russian version of Wikipedia. The project will be stored on servers in Russia and will be subject to Russian law. Anton Gorelkin, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, wrote about this in his Telegram channel.
According to Gorelkin, the ANO Ruviki Internet Encyclopedia, headed by Vladimir Medeiko, the former head of the NP Wikimedia RU, is behind the project. Wikimedia RU supported the Russian-language section of Wikipedia in Russia.
Gorelkin wished Ruvika success and said that he would follow its development. He expressed the hope that the project will comply with the legislation of the Russian Federation and will not step on the same rake as Wikipedia. He also asked how Ruviki will cope with cleaning the content from fakes and lies and what sources it will use for this.
Last summer, a Russian analogue of Wikipedia, called Runiversalis, was already opened in Russia. As reported , the project uses a wiki engine and is independent of the policies of the Wikimedia Foundation. In the future, it was planned to create a completely autonomous version of the site. There are over 1.9 million articles hosted on the platform so far.
In December 2022, the head of the Ministry of Digital declared on the preparation of another alternative to Wikipedia called Knowledge. At that time, more than 100 thousand articles had been prepared, and the launch of the platform was planned in the first quarter of 2023.