October 17, 2021

Wikipedia (English Wikipedia, pronounced [ˌwɪkɨˈpiːdiə] or [ˌwɪkiˈpiːdiə]) is a public multilingual universal Internet encyclopedia with free content, implemented on the principles of wiki. Located at The site is owned by the Wikimedia Foundation, an American non-profit organization with 37 regional offices. The name of the encyclopedia is derived from the English words wiki ("wiki"; in turn borrowed from the Hawaiian language, in which it means "quickly") and encyclopedia ("encyclopedia"). Launched in January 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, Wikipedia is now the largest and most popular reference on the Internet. In terms of the amount of information and thematic coverage, Wikipedia is considered the most complete encyclopedia ever created in the history of mankind. One of the main advantages of Wikipedia as a universal encyclopedia is the ability to present information in the user's native language. As of May 2018, there are sections of Wikipedia in 301 languages, as well as in 493 languages ​​in the incubator. It contains over 40 million articles. The Wikipedia website is the thirteenth most visited website in the world. The main feature of Wikipedia is that any Internet user can create and edit articles on it. Any changes made by such volunteers are immediately available for review by all site visitors. In December 2013, in a UNESCO statement on the occasion of awarding Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, the Niels Bohr Gold Medal for Wikipedia, it was said that it is “a symbol of the era of interaction in which we live, and it is not just a tool, it is a dream come true, as ancient as the human intellect and the collections of the Alexandria Library. " The reliability and accuracy of Wikipedia is questionable. Wikipedia has been criticized for adding false or unverified information and vandalism to its pages. However, scientific research suggests that vandalism on Wikipedia is usually promptly removed. The section of Wikipedia in Russian, as of October 17, 2021, has 1,762,303 articles on various topics, ranking 7th

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