MOSCOW, January 29 (RAPSI) – A demand to lift restrictions on the publication of materials containing the Russian Anthem has been send to Google LLC, the press service of Roskomnadzor, Russia’s media watchdog informs RAPSI on Friday.

YouTube said that the measure was introduced to protect copyright; Roskomnadzor observes that the anthem, similarly to other state symbols, is not subjected to those.

The blocking of the Russian Anthem by YouTube is an open and inadmissible act of low conduct towards all citizens of the country, the body says in its statement calling upon Russian owners of YouTube channels to think about feasibility to move their content to Russian video sharing platforms.