Since the Ukraine war and the information restrictions imposed by state propaganda and repressive measures against journalists and critics in Russia, downloads of the Russian offline Wikipedia via the Swiss platform Kiwix have increased 50-fold. Russian traffic mis of March accounts for 35-40% of total traffic, up from just 2% previously.
The association Wikimedia CH has been significantly involved in the development of this tool and is helping to finance it.
One of Wikimedia CH’s main tasks is to work for the dissemination and promotion of freely accessible knowledge. Kiwix is an example of how we implement this task.
A joint media release provides you with more details and background information
(published on March 31, 2022)