It is an official statement of the site administrators regarding the blocking
Yesterday our Russian users started complaining that the website of the online library kitaptar.bashkort.org was not working. For foreign users and those using VPN, the site continued to be available. On March 16th, Roskomnadzor sent a notification eais#2239793 about the need to delete a page from one of the books, namely: Berdin A.T. “On the Tatar-Bashkir ethno-social symbiosis” (the title of the book quotes the name of a banned book, which we cannot publish in order to avoid the subsequent illegal blocking of this site).
For the whlie, we created a temporary mirror of the site:
On the page of the Roskomnadzor register of prohibited information, the decision of the Gorodishchensky District Court of the Penza Region No. 2-37 dated February 22, 2008 is indicated as the reason for blocking. Here it would help if you immediately draw your attention to the fact that in 2008 neither the Kitaptar library nor the mentioned article by A.T. Berdin. We assume that the decision specifies the banned book itself under No. 130 in the list of prohibited materials of the Russian Federation.
As for the material itself, which Roskomnadzor did not like, it itself is not yet on the list of prohibited materials. It is also ironic that in it Azat Tagirovich Berdin, a well-known scientist in Bashkortostan and a specialist in interethnic and interfaith relations, criticizes this book, recognized as banned in the Russian Federation.
The Kitaptar online library was created in 2014 and is an important resource for the Bashkir-speaking audience. A website was developed by a group of volunteers from the Bashkir Projects community, who themselves scan and publish books in the Bashkir language about the Bashkirs and Bashkortostan. About 60,000 people visit the website every year. The site is a non-commercial project and supports volunteers at its own expense.
At the moment, we have sent an official appeal to Roskomnadzor stating that the material has been removed, that the blocking itself was made erroneously and illegally. If the resource is not unblocked within the legal timeframe, we intend to file a complaint against the illegal actions of Roskomnadzor employees.