ASTANA -- Kazakhstan's government has blocked access to a number of online Russian bookstores, RIA Novosti reported Thursday (November 9).
The Russian bookstores sell literature that is considered extremist and banned by Kazakhstan's government, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications.
"In this regard, the ministry has taken measures to restrict the access of users from the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan to internet resources eksmo.ru, ozon.ru, book24.ru and labirint.ru," the ministry said in a statement.
According to the report, the ministry is in correspondence with the administrators of the sites.
Access will be restored if the illegal materials are removed, said the ministry.
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