Back during the Sochi Olympics, Russia banned a gay dating app called Hunters, something of a Russian response to Grindr.
The controversial move was part of the country's infamous crackdown on ''gay propaganda'' due to a law that forbids anyone advocating for nontraditional relationships, purportedly for the safety of children.
In the two years since its launch, the online start-up has brought thousands of couples together, generated million in investments and begun swallowing up its competitors.
The company started with the e Harmony model and is now moving to dominate the Russian online dating niche.
Ukrainian ban on Russian social media networks kicks in.
It is a part of new set of sanctions targeting Russian companies in relation to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“At first, copied its Western prototype’s business model and interface logic completely,” says Burin.Its administrative centre, which has 175,000 members, had previously been suspended in March over alleged “extremist activity”.Jehovah's Witnesses, who are known for door-to-door preaching and handing out literature, reject some of mainstream Christianity's core beliefs and have more than 8.3 million members around the world.Russia has banned Jehovah's Witnesses after the Supreme Court ruled the Christian sect to be an “extremist” group.“The Supreme Court has ruled to sustain the claim of Russia's ministry of justice and deem the 'Administrative Centre of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia' organisation extremist, eliminate it and ban its activity in Russia,” said judge Yuri Ivanenko.Lawyers for the Jehovah's Witnesses said they would appeal the court's decision, which has not yet come into effect, and could take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.“We will do everything possible,” Sergei Cherepanov, a Jehovah's Witnesses representative, was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.According to Kantar TNS CMeter, 78% of all internet users in Ukraine use “VKontakte” (based on data from April 2017). The Russian sites for the antivirus companies "Kaspersky Lab" and "Dr Web" will also be blocked.Sanctions will also be imposed on the television channels belonging to the Russian media group "RBC, Information Systems", these include: "TV Centre", "The All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company", "NTV Plus", "REN TV" and "Zvezda".After all, this app gives you the distance (down to the meter) of where young men might find other young men for a romantic rendezvous. I was curious what it was like to use the app in densely populated Moscow, the country's biggest city boasting some 12 million people.During a recent trip to Russia, I decided to find out.Hunters' title screen greets you with the image of a man in a snazzy suit with the head of a multi-point buck. ''Get ready to hunt.'' () In keeping with the hunting theme, the in-app currency (buyable with real-world currency, of course) is called ''bullets.'' Bullets unlock various premium features inside of Hunters.You can buy 5,000 for 0, but you'd probably prefer to start smaller, maybe for 100.All four are in the top-10 most popular websites in Ukraine.