Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Eastern Europe

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For the arbitration request concerning the Eastern European mailing list, see Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Eastern European mailing list.
For another arbitration request concerning Eastern Europe-related disputes, see Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Eastern European disputes.

Case Opened on 23:47, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

Case Closed on 18:08, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Case Amended by motion on 14:32, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

Case Renamed by motion on 05:44, 20 March 2012 (UTC)

Watchlist all case pages: 1, 2, 3, 4

Please do not edit this page directly unless you wish to become a participant in this case. (All participants are subject to Arbitration Committee decisions, and the ArbCom will consider each participant's role in the dispute.) Comments are very welcome on the Talk page, and will be read, in full. Evidence, no matter who can provide it, is very welcome at /Evidence. Evidence is more useful than comments.

Arbitrators, the parties, and other editors may suggest proposed principles, findings, and remedies at /Workshop. That page may also be used for general comments on the evidence. Arbitrators will then vote on a final decision in the case at /Proposed decision.

Once the case is closed, editors may add to the #Log of blocks and bans as needed, but closed cases should not be edited otherwise. Please raise any questions at Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration#Requests for clarification.

Involved parties[edit]

Clerk note: Above is a listing of all users mentioned in the CheckUser requests. (DLX and Digwuren)

Statement by Irpen[edit]

Digwuren (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) is a notoriously abusive POV-pusher and a fierce revert warrior with the record of gross disruption.

The case here is crystal clear. Without spending time going over details of his past disruption and block log (his last one-week block being not even a month ago) it is enough to take a look at Digwuren edits within the last 12 hours. There are a total of 93 edits.

Looking at the edit summaries of his reverts, one sees that he routinely accuses his opponents in vandalism and not by merely using the undo button, but specifically using the vandalism undo option in twinkle:

You are welcome to dig deeper to find more of the same. After the last debacle, he promised to solicit opinions from other editors to rectify the situation. The promise earned him an unblock but he failed to deliver on his promise. He was later reminded of it by an unblocking admin and promised again to rectify the situation with no result to this day.

A devoted revert warrior, he is as of the day of this submission, Aug. 14, 2007, one step under 3RR at Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, Occupation of Estonia by Nazi Germany, and Alyosha Mirny and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

The disruption would not have reached the current level if he was not receiving a consistent encouragement and support from a small but well coordinated group of editors that feel sympathetic to his fringe POV. Judging from the past record, I believe this encouragement and support is bound to continue. What prompted me to submit this case for arbitration without further wait is the extent of disruption, meatpuppeting in edit wars, discussions of deletion, renaming or ANI, thus effectively bombing those discussions. Just today I noticed a fresh single-purpose account Ptrt (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) whose entire short activity consists of the support of Digwuren in edit wars followed by the immediate joining of the 5-edit old account to the ANI discussion, once the appearance of a new SPA was mentioned there.

The fact of multiple users editing from the Tartu University from behind firewall makes even a checkuser less than conclusive to sort out this mess. Immediate appearance of the familiar faces at any discussion, board, talk page, edit war that involves Digwuren is mind-boggling. There is also an undeniable evidence of the permanent line of the off-wiki connection among the POV-pushing (even legitimate) accounts as the coordination in synchronous revert warring, talk and board page postings is impossible to explain otherwise. Sure enough, coordinated posting will follow below.

Finally, there is an unprecedented fact of the complaint by the blocking admin that his computer faced the intrusion from Estonia-based IPs during the block period.

This is all too messy and complex for ANI and warrants a more thorough look by the ArbCom members armed with the checkuser tool and experience in dealing with POV-pushers of the most disruptive pattern. I did not even go into Digwuren's edits themselves, which are notorious for extremely blatant pattern of POV-pushing on all fronts, to save space as the ArbCom intervention is clearly warranted by the facts outlined above in their own right. I don't believe there is even a need at this stage to analyze content-wise this tsunami of POV-pushing while Digwuren's friends are to attempt circumventing the discussion of his disruption by presenting it in terms of some global content conflict. This is nothing like the much more complex in assigning faults and finding remedies Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Piotrus. The Piotrus' case involves top-notch editors from all sides dangled into their content disagreements and largely revolves around the notion of ethical conduct, also very important but much more difficult to judge or remedy. However, this case is about a clearly disallowed pattern of behavior spelled out very well in our policies and guidelines.

The mess of the egregious POV-pushing and disruption by Tartu-based accounts has got to be sorted out at last with:

  1. illegitimate accounts banned
  2. valid disruptive accounts placed on various paroles
  3. Digwuren receiving the punishment called for by the degree of the disruption caused by him.

If ArbCom has no way of determining the illegitimate accounts, still 2 and 3 above is within its purview if it agrees that the action is needed. --Irpen

Statement by Digwuren[edit]

Indeed, as Martintg points out, this is a snowjob, starting from absurd accusations and misrepresentations, and ending in Bishonen's hypocritical attempt to present an RFC that she failed (on absurd premises) as suddenly valid now that it suits her cabalistic purposes. However:

  • I have never edited Wikipedia using computing resources restricted to University of Tartu, nor through any firewall operated by the University. If this arbitration case is about that university, I'm irrelevant to it.
  • The confirmation is bogus. Last week, exploiting the short work-week caused by August 20 falling to Monday this year, I left for a brief vacation. The first real notification of this whole RFAR was sent to me through email two days ago, and I only read it yesterday night, in a relatively inconvenient position. (I will not divulge the mail's sender's identity at this point, due to concern of bogus puppeteering accusations raising out of it. I may do so if he or she should explicitly agree, or confirm it if he or she should publically claim to have sent it.)
  • The "last 12 hours" section is just as bogus. First, such a period of time is far too short for any thorough analysis. Second, as should be obvious, I was relatively busy with off-Wikipedia affairs during these hours, leading to many of my edits being spelling fixes and other minorities about Soviet Union's cosmonauts. Third, dismissing "purely non-content formatting changes" belies hypocrisy on part of Irpen, as evidenced by this suggestion to his pet troll RJ CG (who, should it be relevant in any way, is currently blocked by ProhibitOnions, a completely uninvolved — and thus, presumably neutral — administrator)
  • Irpen's misrepresentation of [1] as "grossly offensive", [2] as "accusation of stalking" or [3] as "offensive accusation" are patently ridiculous.
  • As for non-repentance — I do not customarily repent when I'm being right. I may repent and apologise when I make a mistake, as happened in [4]. However, Petri Krohn's attempts to push his grossly incorrect — and offensive — alternative history ideas about The Holocaust to Wikipedia are clearly a deliberate attempt to violate Wikipedia's integrity; that is to say, vandalism. It is not different from a bored teenager spray-painting swastikas to synagogues, and it serves no encyclopædic purpose whatsoever.
  • As for Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Digwuren, I'm still preparing material for it. I have been rushed (as it turned out, on false pretenses and completely needlessly) into one RFC/U before; I certainly don't want to make the same mistake twice. There's a lot of material to work through, and it needs thorough analysis.
  • As for "devoted revert warrior" — thanks for noticing my devotion.
  • As for "fringe POV", this is yet another ridiculous claim. All content I have added to Wikipedia's mainspace comes from either WP:RS or is common knowledge. This has been elaborated by other users above, so I do not go into details here. If I would, I should refer to material gathered for the above-mentioned RFC, and as mentioned above, there's quite a lot of it.
  • Ptrt appears to belong to an established personality in Estonian Usenet, whose first name is probably 'Peeter'. He has mostly been active in newsgroups I haven't been in, so I don't know anything further about him; this has been gleaned from two simple Google searches.
  • FayssalF's story about cyber-attacks is revolting. It is not only a ridiculous accusation (first, the only thing I, as a non-administrator, can know about FayssalF's laptop — such knowledge being needed for such an attack — is that there's a good chance it's somewhere in or near Morocco, and that only because FayssalF declares on his userpage that he's in Morocco; second, there would be nothing to gain for me by such an attack, and third, I haven't been to Tallinn since May), but with me being a contributor to the article on Cyberattacks on Estonia 2007, this is an attack on my integrity; an accusation of my engaging in hypocrisy. I know for a fact that FayssalF can not back his accusation up with any evidence, thus, I expect him to either apologise, or the Arbitration Committee to strongly rebuke him. (There's another issue of FayssalF's weird ideas regarding me, but I expect to raise that in the upcoming RFC, so I won't detail it here.)
  • As for off-wiki communication, I would point out Petri Krohn's hypocrisy. From the sudden style change in RJ CG's contributions, and especially, their extent, it's clear that from about August 13, Petri Krohn has been feeding content to RJ CG for inclusion in Wikipedia; possibly related to this call for off-wiki communication from 21 July. (I can't blame Irpen for not noticing this, though, as it can be reasonably assumed that he is not familiar with RJ CG's previous style, or, being non-native English speaker, does not notice most of the subtle linguistic clues.) This kind of meatpuppeting to try and leave his own — once burnt — hands "clean" from a user so vocal about bogus puppeteering changes before constitutes hypocrisy.
  • As for JdeJ, I believe he's misunderstood the purpose of my comment, possibly through unfortunate word choice by me. I apologise for the misunderstanding, and point out that I have nothing against his person, or his good job in a host of other areas. His particular idea in question, though, is rather problematic. But this is not the place to work that out.
  • As for "disruptive users", very few of the users traceable to Estonia can be classified under that, and almost all of those are one-shot trolls, such as Gerog112 (who appears to have left once the Rein Lang affair got cold). None are those listed under the abusive RFCU incidents. I agree with Irpen that disruption-reduction measures are needed — very frustratingly, this has not been done on Baltics States related articles for a long time —, but his fingers are pointing to a wrong direction.
  • As per above and below, I strongly reject Irpen's peculiar notion that there's punishable disruption emanating from me. If he insist he's talking about a Digwuren, he does not know what he's talking about.
  • The comparison with the Piotrus' (whom I deeply respect) arbitration case is relevant, but incomplete, for reasons that do not belong here.
  • This RFC is important for another reason. Specifically, extra-political deletion of such a clear-case RFC, and accompanying comments made by Bishonen (to which I will not link, because I consider it too likely that she'll just delete the RFC again, leading to these links becoming red) sent the folks of WikiProject Estonia a strong message that there is no real way to deal with persistent and determined trolling on Estonia-related articles. For example, one of the currently most active trolls in these articles is RJ CG. Is it feasible to do an RFC on him? No, because no matter what people disagreeing with his continuous tedious editing do, it's not enough for Bishonen. Is it feasible to do other kind of WP:DR? No, because according to Wikipedia policy, the RFC step must first be done.
  • Because of this, I welcome this arbitration. (So has been Alexia Death, who is apparently quite sick from Petri Krohn's repetition of the arbitration mantra.) As seen by actions of Bishonen, this snowjob by Irpen is the only real way of achieving an environment even remotely conducive to collecting an encyclopædia. It may not be according to the policy, but life has shown that on Wikipedia, policy is for excuses, not for rules, anyway.
  • But the arbitration is thoroughly misrequested. As I have explained above, it is most certainly not about me. This arbitration is needed to sort out disruption in articles relating to Northeastern Europe, including the "Tartu University accounts" slur. If the Arbitration Committee fails to condemn that misrepresentation as a case of uncivil behaviour, I will consider it a personal WP:POINT of mine to refer to the cabal centered around Petri Krohn, Ghirlandajo, Mikkalai and RJ CG as "Cartel USSR Forever" in every relevant Wikipedia-related context. (Thanks for Erik Jesse for coining it.) I may consider such broad-brush labelling disdainful in my off-Wikipedia life, but Wikipedia will have shown that this is what it is about.

All that having been said, let's now go forward with arbitration. It would appear arbitrators have even been so forthcoming as to vote for accepting it even before I returned from my vacation. I guess it underlines my non-involvement. Digwuren 17:23, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

Statement by Alexia Death[edit]

There have been threats of Arbcom from almost the very beginning I and other Estonians now labeled "Tartu accounts" or "Korp!Estonia" became active and I personally am sick and tired of the constant attacks, the accusations and the mindless POV pushing based an national level animosity of certain editors. It needs higher level attention, and it needs it NOW. Lets air this matter for good.

Lets get the facts straight
  • Editing from behind UT firewall allegation is false - I graduated from University of Tartu two years ago and have NEVER edited WP from its infrastructure or knowingly used its proxy. These claims are plain WRONG. I have never knowingly met any of the editors associated with me in his manner.
  • Accusations of "hacking" are dubious - To attack someone, Digwurren would need to know that someones IP. He is not an admin so he has NO ACCESS to that information. FayssalF is mistaken and owes Digwurren an apology unless he shows some proof. Otherwise the whole claim is slander. The recent clam that an obscure guess about his locations based on his public info proves anything is rather odd. I'm starting to SERIOUSLY doubt his IT skills if he keeps it up. Knowing that someone is in or near Morocco is about as helpful in mounting a cyber attack on someone as knowing that a particular person likes to wear blue pants in finding that particular person in a city of a million people. If FayssalF maintains that Digwurren mounted a cyber attack on him then Wikipedia must have a major leak or flaw somewhere allowing Digwuren to obtain his IP. Is he prepared to claim that?
Comment on Digwuren and his woes

I became active on Wikipedia pretty much on the same time as he did. I've participated in the same "battles". The difference between him and me is that I refuse to follow the examples set by opposition. With the constant name calling("extreme nationalist Estonians", "Korp!Estonia", "socks on wheels" - this I actually found to be funny), constant accusations of vandalism ... no wonder it has rubbed of on someone fairly new to Wikipedia. We tried RFC/U with Petri Krohn, but in spite the overwhelming amount of evidence, the case was rejected because, apparently we had not tried hard enough to make up. I believe this was the turning point of Digwurren. We had tried to do this right, but it did not work. Why bother with being good all the time if the system favors being bad? May it be noted that this is not an excuse, its a reason and as long as the rules are not enforced fairly and equally on everybody, there will be others leaning from current "role models".

Comment on now undeleted RFC/Petri_Krohn

The "outside" views are actually views of two camps that voting clearly displays. One side acknowledges that these views are really not outside, the other not. And then there are just plain racist slanderous slurs like this.I worked hard in trying to put it together and I was seriously disappointed with he whole process when it failed.

What I seek from this case
  • An end to the "Korp!Estonia" and "Tartu accounts" accusations.
  • WP:CIVIL enforced equally regardless of your edit count or other merits.
  • An end to ruthless Russian/Soviet POV pushing campaign in articles about Estonia. NPOV should be respected, views attributed and content reliably sourced. And all this needs to be enforced just like WP:CIVIL.
Extending Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Piotrus/Proposed decision to this case

If it is made clear that this case is also extended here then the two last wishes on my resolution list are handled. That would still leave the constant accusations of some form of "co-operation" between the "Tartu accounts" and the matter of unsubstantiated hacking accusation.

Last modified: --Alexia Death the Grey 09:26, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

Comment by Erik Jesse[edit]

I noticed this thread days ago, but thought it wasn't worth of a response. But now the “non-involved” Ghirlandajo has also started commenting and he'll certainly soon be followed by his admirers. As I won't have computer access for some days, I'll better say sth before taking a break. The so-called Korp! Estonia – existence of which no-one has proved, only assumed – is of course blamed here again. The meatpuppetry and Estonian conspiracy accusations have been quite ridiculous in Wikipedia context, for some time I thought they even didn't deserve an answer. The point is certainly not, whether some of Estonians co-ordinate their efforts by e-mail etc. The practice of co-operative editing, incl edit warring, however, is hardly founded by this alleged Korp!. One just look how certain Russia-related articles are 'edit-warred' - first you'll surely see Ghirlandajo there, he'll be joined by Irpen soon (how come that they find each other so easily?) When these two are there, A.Bakharev may join in with his admin tools. (Not to forget Grafikmfr, once a prolific author, who has sadly stopped contributing in fall 2006, but quickly finds, as if by magic, when his brothers-in-arms need his help at reverting or voting (this 'phenomenon' has of course been already noted [7]) I affirm once again, that to my knowledge, the Estonian users included in this arbcom request, are not personally acquainted and most probably keep track with others only by checking the contributions and the Estonia-related watchlist.
Now to Digwuren. I absolutely agree with Martintg and Sander Säde, who are much more experienced here. I'd add that I am not surprised at all that a competent user like Digwuren may sometimes over-react in case of provocations by his opponents. After all, if obvious vandals or trolls, proud blackhundredists (cf. this 'statement' !) or self-described National Bolsheviks are allowed to troll in Estonia-related articles, don't be surprised if one is sometimes uncivil when dealing with legitimate accounts or doesn't follow all the guidelines you have discarded long time ago. So that, first look into mirror, dear cartel USSR forever!, or how we're going to call you. Erik Jesse 06:02, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Statement by FayssalF[edit]

I've got quite a clear evidence, which i'd be presenting to The Committee to look at it, re attempts of intrusion of my laptop back on late July 2007 exactly when Digwuren (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) was blocked by me for a week. I'll not in any case post them at the evidence page as it contains personal data and i am not silly to divulge it in public. What strikes me more is the way Digwuren talks about my location. I quote from their statement above: that there's a good chance it's somewhere in or near Morocco... which is technically very very accurate. I do mention that i am based in Morocco but that's all. I've never declared that i also edit sometimes from a neighboring country even if it is true. Evidence of the places from where i edit would be shown to The Committee as well. So what led Digwuren to guess about that very particular fact?


Well, in brief. I was the admin who blocked Digwuren back on July 2007 as well as 2 other users which i'd identify as the "other side" in what follows.


  • On July 20, 2007, i've experienced some online intrusion attempts made against my machine (for what i could record, the experience lasted no more than a couple of hours). I've already got a C# userbox posted at my userpage. I am saying this responding to User:Suva's request to know about the IP in question. The problem is that User:Suva insisted in knowing about the exact location of the IP in question. I totally refused such request and said that's IMPOSSIBLE as long as [He] is not an ADMIN. I've explained to everyone that any admin can contact me to know about this issue. I declared many times that only an admin can get that kind of information and asked them to stop insisting. I've already explained that it was not my intention to talk about that but since matters arrived to this point then i considered it is right to talk about it.

Now i see that [User:Digwuren] is threating to file a RfC on me. No problem of course. What is odd is why Digwuren want us to wait until my potential RfC to talk about my alleged admin abuse. Isn't this the right place? -- FayssalF - Wiki me up® 07:14, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

Statement by Otto ter Haar[edit]

I agree with the objections against the behaviour of Digwuren. I personally experienced his agressive and uncivil behaviour. He reverts promptly edits he does not approve without reacting on a motivation on the talk page. If he reacts his statements are rhetorical and often sarcastic. Otto 18:57, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

Preliminary decisions[edit]

Arbitrators' opinion on hearing this matter (4/0/0/1)[edit]

  • I'm not entirely sure if there is anything we can do about this. The checkuser results have been inconclusive when requested at WP:RFCU and I don't see how they would be any different for us running queries ourselves. Would Irpen or others who want us to take this case like to summarize the kind of relief they seek? The Uninvited Co., Inc. 17:23, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
  • Accept. Comments and requests suggest that we can help sort this out better than the community can. FloNight 12:12, 20 August 2007 (UTC)
  • Accept. Paul August 18:40, 22 August 2007 (UTC)
  • Accept. James F. (talk) 14:55, 23 August 2007 (UTC)
  • Accept. Kirill 13:10, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

Temporary injunction (none)[edit]

Motion regarding scope of case[edit]

1) This matter concerns all disruptive editing related to Estonian-Russian ethnic conflict, particularly those who edited regarding the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn controversy. Any editor reasonably believed to have engaged in disruptive editing may be noticed in and evidence may be presented regarding them. If evidence is presented regarding an editor, they should be noticed in.

Passed 5 to 0, 17:15, 10 September 2007 (UTC)

Final decision[edit]

All numbering based on /Proposed decision (vote counts and comments are there as well)


Wikipedia is not a battleground[edit]

1) Wikipedia is a reference work. Use of the site for political or ideological struggle accompanied by harassment of opponents is extremely disruptive.

Passed 7 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)


2) Wikipedia users are expected to behave reasonably and calmly in their dealings with other users. Insulting and intimidating other users harms the community by creating a hostile environment. Personal attacks are not acceptable.

Passed 7 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)


3) Wikipedia works by building consensus through the use of polite discussion. The dispute resolution process is designed to assist consensus-building when normal talk page communication has not worked. Sustained edit-warring is not an appropriate method of resolving disputes, and is wasteful of resources and destructive to morale.

Passed 7 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Keeping one's cool[edit]

4) Editors are expected to keep their cool when editing. Uncivil behavior by others should not be returned in kind. Casual allegations of poor wikiquette are considered harmful; such concerns should be brought up in appropriate forums, if at all.

Passed 7 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

At wit's end[edit]

5) In cases where all reasonable attempts to control the spread of disruption arising from long-term disputes have failed, the Committee may be forced to adopt seemingly draconian measures as a last resort for preventing further damage to the encyclopedia.

Passed 7 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Findings of fact[edit]

Locus of dispute[edit]

1) The current dispute revolves around various topics in Estonian history—particulary post-World War II history—and is essentially a part of the broader long-term disputes prevalent over the entire range of articles dealing with Eastern European history.

Passed 7 to 1, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Alexia Death[edit]

2) Alexia Death (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) has engaged in a variety of disruptive behavior, including sustained edit-warring ([8], [9], [10], [11], [12], [13], [14], [15], [16], [17]) as well as incivility, personal attacks, and assumptions of bad faith ([18], [19]).

Passed 7 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)


3) Digwuren (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) has engaged in a variety of disruptive behavior, including sustained edit-warring ([20], [21], [22], [23], [24], [25], [26], [27], [28], [29], [30]) and attempts to interfere with Wikipedia process ([31], [32], [33]), as well as incivility, personal attacks, assumptions of bad faith, and repeated attempts to use Wikipedia as a battleground ([34], [35], [36], [37], [38], [39], [40], [41]).

Passed 7 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Irpen and Piotrus[edit]

4) Irpen (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) and Piotrus (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) have a long history of personal disputes. Their interaction since Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Piotrus has continued to be confrontational.

Passed 6 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)


5) Irpen (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) has engaged in personal attacks, incivility, and assumptions of bad faith ([42], [43], [44], [45], [46], [47], [48], [49]).

Passed 5 to 1, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Petri Krohn[edit]

6) Petri Krohn (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) has engaged in a variety of disruptive behavior, including sustained edit-warring ([50], [51], [52], [53], [54], [55], [56], [57], [58], [59], [60], [61]) as well as incivility, personal attacks, assumptions of bad faith, and repeated attempts to use Wikipedia as a battleground ([62], [63], [64], [65], [66], [67]).

Passed 6 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)


7) RJ_CG (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) has engaged in sustained edit-warring ([68], [69], [70], [71], [72], [73]) as well as incivility, personal attacks, and assumptions of bad faith ([74]).

Passed 6 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)


8) Suva (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) has engaged in incivility, personal attacks, assumptions of bad faith, and repeated attempts to use Wikipedia as a battleground ([75], [76], [77], [78]).

Passed 6 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)


9) Ghirlandajo (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) has engaged in personal attacks, incivility, and assumptions of bad faith ([79], [80], [81], [82], [83], [84]).

Passed 5 to 1, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Sander Säde[edit]

10) Sander Säde (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log), formerly editing as DLX (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log), has engaged in incivility, personal attacks, and assumptions of bad faith ([85], [86], [87], [88], [89], [90], [91]).

Passed 5 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)


Note: All remedies that refer to a period of time, for example to a ban of X months or a revert parole of Y months, are to run concurrently unless otherwise stated.

Digwuren banned[edit]

2) Digwuren (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) is banned from Wikipedia for a period of one year.

Passed 6 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Petri Krohn banned[edit]

5) Petri Krohn (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) is banned from Wikipedia for a period of one year.

Passed 6 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Editors warned[edit]

8) All editors are warned that future attempts to use Wikipedia as a battleground—in particular, by making generalized accusations that persons of a particular national or ethnic group are engaged in Holocaust denial or harbor Nazi sympathies—may result in the imposition of summary bans when the matter is reported to the Committee. This applies both to the parties to this case as well as to any other editor that may choose to engage in such conduct.

Passed 6 to 0, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

General restriction[edit]

11) Any editor working on topics related to Eastern Europe, broadly defined, may be made subject to an editing restriction at the discretion of any uninvolved administrator. The restriction shall specify that, should the editor make any edits which are judged by an administrator to be uncivil, personal attacks, or assumptions of bad faith, he may be blocked for the duration specified in the enforcement ruling below. Before the restriction shall come into effect for a particular editor, that editor shall be given an official notice of it with a link to this decision.

Passed 7 to 1, 18:06, 21 October 2007 (UTC)
Superseded by an alternate sanction, 01:55, 28 July 2008 (UTC)


Enforcement of restrictions

0) Should any user subject to a restriction in this case violate that restriction, that user may be blocked, initially for up to one month, and then with blocks increasing in duration to a maximum of one year.

Per the procedure for the standard enforcement provision adopted 3 May 2014, this provision did not require a vote.

Appeals and modifications

Per the procedure for the standard appeals and modifications provision adopted 3 May 2014, this provision did not require a vote.


Discretionary sanctions[edit]

12) Any uninvolved administrator may, on his or her own discretion, impose sanctions on any editor working in the area of conflict (defined as articles which relate to Eastern Europe, broadly interpreted) if, despite being warned, that editor repeatedly or seriously fails to adhere to the purpose of Wikipedia, any expected standards of behavior, or any normal editorial process. The sanctions imposed may include blocks of up to one year in length; bans from editing any page or set of pages within the area of conflict; bans on any editing related to the topic or its closely related topics; restrictions on reverts or other specified behaviors; or any other measures which the imposing administrator believes are reasonably necessary to ensure the smooth functioning of the project.

Prior to any sanctions being imposed, the editor in question shall be given a warning with a link to this decision by an uninvolved administrator; and, where appropriate, should be counseled on specific steps that he or she can take to improve his or her editing in accordance with relevant policies and guidelines.

In determining whether to impose sanctions on a given user and which sanctions to impose, administrators should use their judgment and balance the need to assume good faith and avoid biting genuinely inexperienced editors, and the desire to allow responsible contributors maximum freedom to edit, with the need to reduce edit-warring and misuse of Wikipedia as a battleground, so as to create an acceptable collaborative editing environment even on our most contentious articles. Editors wishing to edit in these areas are advised to edit carefully, to adopt Wikipedia's communal approaches (including appropriate conduct, dispute resolution, neutral point of view, no original research and verifiability) in their editing, and to amend behaviors that are deemed to be of concern by administrators. An editor unable or unwilling to do so may wish to restrict their editing to other topics, in order to avoid sanctions.


Sanctions imposed under the provisions of this decision may be appealed to the imposing administrator, the appropriate administrators' noticeboard (currently Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Arbitration enforcement), or the Committee. Administrators are cautioned not to reverse such sanctions without familiarizing themselves with the full facts of the matter and engaging in extensive discussion and consensus-building at the administrators' noticeboard or another suitable on-wiki venue. The Committee will consider appropriate remedies including suspension or revocation of adminship in the event of violations.

Uninvolved administrators

For the purpose of imposing sanctions under this provision, an administrator will be considered "uninvolved" if he or she is not engaged in a current, direct, personal conflict on the topic with the user receiving sanctions. Enforcing the provisions of this decision will not be considered to be participation in a dispute. Any doubt regarding whether an administrator qualifies under this definition is to be treated as any other appeal of sanctions.


All sanctions imposed under the provisions of this decision are to be logged at Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Digwuren#Log of blocks and bans.

Other provisions

This provision supersedes the "General restriction" remedy, but does not affect any other provisions of the case, or any sanctions already imposed under the "General restriction" remedy.

Passed 6-1-1 by motion, 01:55, 28 July 2008 (UTC)
Superseded by an alternate sanction passed 14 to 0, 14:32, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

Standard discretionary sanctions[edit]

Articles which relate to Eastern Europe, broadly interpreted, are placed under discretionary sanctions. Any uninvolved administrator may levy restrictions as an arbitration enforcement action on users editing in this topic area, after an initial warning.

Passed 14 to 0 by motion, 14:32, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

To rename Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Digwuren[edit]

The case Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Digwuren is renamed to Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Eastern Europe. For the new title of Eastern Europe, WP:ARBEURO and WP:ARBEE are created as shortcuts. For the purposes of procedure, the index of topics with an active discretionary sanctions provision will be updated with the new title, but previous references to the Digwuren decision do not require to be updated. The rename of the Digwuren case to Eastern Europe is only for clarity in reference, and does not invalidate any previous action or pending sanctions taken under the provisions of this case.

Passed 10 to 1 by motion, 06:09, 20 March 2012 (UTC)


List of editors placed under editing restriction[edit]

List here editors who have been placed on editing restriction by notice on their talk page, per remedy 11, and include a link to the warning. The template {{subst:Digwuren enforcement}} may be used, or a personal message containing the same information. Note that as of July 28, 2008, remedy 11 is superseded by remedy 12.

List of editors placed on notice[edit]

On 3 May 2014 Arbcom established a new method of notifying for discretionary sanctions which is explained at WP:AC/DS#Awareness and alerts. All notices given prior to the May 2014 cutover date will expire on 3 May 2015. New notices are to be given using {{Ds/alert}} and they expire one year after they are given. No new notices should be logged here.








Log of blocks and bans[edit]


Log any block, ban or extension under any remedy in this decision here. Minimum information includes name of administrator, date and time, what was done and the basis for doing it.

  • 18:36, 21 October 2007 Cbrown1023 (Talk | contribs | block) blocked "Petri Krohn (Talk | contribs)" (account creation blocked) with an expiry time of 1 year (Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Digwuren)
  • 18:36, 21 October 2007 Cbrown1023 (Talk | contribs | block) blocked "Digwuren (Talk | contribs)" (account creation blocked) with an expiry time of 1 year ‎(Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Digwuren)
  • Sander Säde (talk · contribs) blocked for 24 hours after referring to Ghirlandajo as a "liar and hate-monger."[154]Later, after his unblock request was declined, he issued a (possibly, "temporarily") goodbye message in which he spoke about how "some administrators behave like Hitler with adrenaline overdose"[155] (if there is ever an effective way to insult me, that works; but I think I kept my cool). I rollbacked that latest insult, and protected the talk page for the duration of the block. Will follow this up, if needed. El_C 21:25, 7 December 2007 (UTC)
  • Alexia Death (talk · contribs) blocked for 24 hours for starting and refusing to stop the same dispute as above. It began with a revert war on Ghirlandajo (which Sander Säde participated in) involving a comment by Alexia which, responding to an encouragement note to the-now inactive Ghirlandajo to return, essentially said: 'well, I'm not looking forward to your return, things have been quiet without you; but all the best in real life.'[156] It was removed, and restored, etc., with much melodrama and innuendo ensuing. I urged Alexia Death to go do something else and to, especially, cut down on the innuendo, but she opted to revert war against myself,[157] at which point she was blocked. A great deal of combativeness continues up to this minute on the blocked user's talk page. For now, I'm leaving it unprotected. Protected for the duration of the block, since this user obviously failed to refrain from insults and insinuations. Will follow this up, if needed. El_C 21:59, 7 December 2007 (UTC)
  • Thatcher remove the thread, but I said I'll follow this up, and I'm going to follow this up. El_C 22:59, 8 December 2007 (UTC)



  • Blocked for 48 h for violating the topic ban.  Sandstein  17:10, 3 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Blocked for 72 hours for continued violation of the topic ban.  Sandstein  20:39, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Blocked for the remainder of the duration of the topic ban for continuing to violate the ban.  Sandstein  14:51, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

These editors placed on 1RR per week per article limit as described [176] [177] (all users noticed on their talk pages) Thatcher 04:05, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

  • Topic ban extended in scope to all of the Soviet Union and its successor states due to ban violations and wikilawyering, per [184].  Sandstein  14:42, 11 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Topic ban limited to exclude aviation and diplomacy articles per [185]. henriktalk 09:56, 18 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Loosmark appealed against the topic-ban, but the appeal was rejected.[186] AdjustShift (talk) 00:44, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Loosmark is permitted to participate in official mediation proceedings about the topic.  Sandstein  20:22, 16 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Loosmark additionally placed on revert limitation: 1R/24h on all pages related to Eastern Europe for 6 months, with the following additional restriction: every content-namespace edit to be accompanied with an informative edit summary, and any revert to be made only after explanation on talk plus 3 hrs waiting time between the explanation and the actual revert to allow for discussion. Fut.Perf. 07:00, 17 November 2009 (UTC) (clarification on time and topic delimitation added after review at WP:AE, Fut.Perf. 18:05, 21 November 2009 (UTC))


  • Loosmark warned not to violate norms of conduct in the topic area.  Sandstein  06:51, 13 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Xx236 (talk · contribs) topic-banned from Expulsion of Germans after World War II for six months, per WP:AE report.  Sandstein  13:46, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Paweł5586 (talk · contribs) blocked for 2 weeks for continued disruption and placed on revert parole and civility supervision: see here for details. Warning potentially bypassed due to extreme disruption. Moreschi (talk) 14:34, 28 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Jacurek (talk · contribs) blocked 1 month and placed under revert restriction (1R/d) for another six months consecutively, for edit-warring on London Victory Parade of 1946 and related battleground behaviour, including harassment of Varsovian (talk · contribs) ([187]). Fut.Perf. 07:21, 29 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Galassi (talk · contribs) blocked 48 hrs for edit-warring on several articles, then unblocked in return for accepting 1RR/day for 6 months on all Eastern Europe related pages [188]. Fut.Perf. 19:10, 1 November 2009 (UTC)
  • HistoricWarrior007 (talk · contribs) topic-banned for 2 months from all pages relating to 2008 South Ossetia War, for a history of aggressive and hostile ownership attitude on that article, most recently expressed in this edit, connected with permanent slow edit-warring. Fut.Perf. 11:14, 8 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Anonymous IP editor (talk · contribs · WHOIS) (prior IPs: and multiple others) blocked 24hrs for revert-warring on Nicolaus Copernicus Monument in Toruń, and placed under indefinite ban on editing while logged out due to long prior history of persistent edit-warring through dynamic IPs. Editor is required to create an account and only edit through it whenever making potentially contentious edits on German–Polish topics. Aanon IP edits attributable to this user may be treated like edits of a banned user. Fut.Perf. 12:04, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Jacurek (talk · contribs) blocked 2 months for point-making on a BLP, and, more seriously, restoring the legitimately-removed trolling of a SPA. Moreschi (talk) 23:55, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Paweł5586 (talk · contribs) blocked for 3 weeks and topic-banned: see here for details. Moreschi (talk) 12:01, 3 December 2009 (UTC)
    • Topic ban and revert parole reinstated for another 6 months due to persistent prior breaches of restrictions, enforced by preemptive block until user promises to heed restrictions. Details here: [189], [190] Fut.Perf. 13:20, 11 February 2010 (UTC)
  • Nanobear (talk · contribs) is placed on a 1RR per day restriction for 6 months, and is required to discuss reversions, per this AE thread. henriktalk 13:59, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
  • Jacurek (talk · contribs) blocked 3 months for renewed personal attacks against an opponent in a matter related to the EEML case shortly after coming back from the latest 2-month block. [191]. Fut.Perf. 09:11, 13 March 2010 (UTC)
  • HistoricWarrior007 (talk · contribs) blocked for 6 months, and indefinitely topic-banned from the 2008 South Ossetia War article and any discussions relating to it, for permanent long-term edit warring and aggressive POV-pushing on this and related articles. Fut.Perf. 09:06, 15 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Matthead (talk · contribs) blocked for 48 hours for battlegound conduct and harrassment as explained at [192].  Sandstein  23:03, 17 March 2010 (UTC)
  • Voyevoda (talk · contribs) blocked 2 weeks and placed under revert limitation (1rv/week for 6 months; plus requirement of preceding talk page explanation and 4 hours waiting time before any revert); Galassi (talk · contribs) blocked 24 hours for breach of previously imposed 1RR; and Mibelz (talk · contribs) blocked 12 hours for 3RR violation and warned of possible further sanctions; all for edit-warring on History of Kiev. Fut.Perf. 13:36, 22 March 2010 (UTC)
    • Voyevoda blocked 3 months and revert limitation reset to last for another 6 months after this block expires, for continued revert-warring and systematic breaches of the limitation. Fut.Perf. 13:25, 25 April 2010 (UTC)
  • Matthead (talk · contribs) indefinitely topic-banned from Poland and Poles as explained and detailed here.  Sandstein  21:02, 28 April 2010 (UTC)
  • Blocked 1 week for violating topic ban, see AE thread.  Sandstein  06:06, 29 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Blocked 1 week for violating topic ban, see AE thread. NW (Talk) 20:49, 23 July 2011 (UTC)
  • Space Cadet (talk · contribs) indefinitely topic-banned from Germany and Germans as explained and detailed here.  Sandstein  21:02, 28 April 2010 (UTC)
  • One year topic ban of Biruitorul (talk · contribs) imposed at WP:EEML reset and any exceptions removed, as per this AE sanction.  Sandstein  19:35, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Varsovian (talk · contribs) restricted as follows in the area of conflict per this discussion: He may not comment on WP:AE requests that have not either been made by him or against him. Also, whenever he alleges misconduct by another editor, he must with the same edit provide all diffs that are required to substantiate his allegations, or link to the place where he has already provided these diffs, if he has not already provided them in the same section of the discussion at issue.  Sandstein  19:32, 28 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Dr. Dan (talk · contribs) is sanctioned as follows for personal attacks and incivility, as per this AE request: He is blocked for 72 hours, and he is also banned from commenting on or otherwise directly interacting with Piotrus (talk · contribs) and Nihil novi (talk · contribs) for three months, except for the purpose of necessary dispute resolution (as determined by uninvolved administrators in their sole judgment).  Sandstein  08:07, 30 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Nakh (talk · contribs) placed on 1RR for 3 months and is required to discuss any reverts he makes on the talk page. See [193]. Stifle (talk) 15:14, 11 June 2010 (UTC)
  • Bandurist (talk · contribs) blocked indefinitely for systematic, malicious POV-driven abuse and falsification of sources, combined with plagiarism and other forms of disruptive editing. The reasons are detailed here. Fut.Perf. 21:27, 16 June 2010 (UTC)
Unblocked after discussion and apology by user. Bandurist remains topic-banned indefinitely from all edits related to WWII history and Ukrainian–Polish–Jewish–Russian ethnic conflicts. Fut.Perf. 17:48, 21 June 2010 (UTC)
  • Loosmark blocked for two weeks and six months topic ban reset to begin anew for violating the topic ban at [194], [195], [196], [197].  Sandstein  15:35, 1 October 2010 (UTC)


  • Dr. Dan (talk · contribs) is banned from the topic of Eastern Europe (see WP:TBAN) for three months and indefinitely banned from changing names as described below.
  • Lokyz (talk · contribs) is banned from the topic of Eastern Europe (see WP:TBAN) for three months and indefinitely banned from changing names as described below.
  • Volunteer Marek (talk · contribs) is banned from changing names as described below for six months and warned not to express what sounds like nationalist prejudice.
  • The sanction is vacated for the reasons described in this appeal discussion and replaced with a warning not to continue nationalist edit wars by others and not to engage in a pattern of apparently nationalistically motivated name-changing.  Sandstein  06:25, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
  • M.K (talk · contribs) is warned about the possibility of discretionary sanctions.
A ban from changing names means that the editor is banned from editing articles to change, remove or add names (including translations) in a Eastern European language with respect to a subject that the same article already designates with a name in another Eastern European language. This includes names in other pages that are displayed as part of the article, such as categories, images or templates, and it also forbids moving articles that have a name in a Eastern European language to a name in another language. For the purpose of this ban, "Eastern European language" includes German.  Sandstein  06:58, 17 March 2011 (UTC)
  • The above two topic bans are modified to allow participation by Igny and TLAM in Wikipedia:Mediation Cabal/Cases/02 October 2011/Holodomor. The mediators of that case have the exclusive prerogative of reporting any editorial misconduct by Igny or TLAM during the mediation to an administrator familiar with the topic bans or to WP:AE. If that administrator is satisfied that misconduct occurred by TLAM or Igny: (1) the modification to the topic ban for that editor will cease; (2) the topic ban for that editor will be reset and doubled in length and (3) the editors will lose the right to dispute the outcome of the MedCab case. --Mkativerata (talk) 20:51, 28 October 2011 (UTC)




Log of article-level discretionary sanctions[edit]

  • One revert per week restriction imposed on all editors of this article because of edit warring (edit notice, talk page notice).  Sandstein  19:02, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Superseded by the following restriction: All editors with "Eastern Europe" sanctions are banned from editing the article or its talk page. For the purposes of this ban, these editors are all who have at any time been the subject of remedies or sanctions logged on the case pages WP:DIGWUREN, WP:EEML or WP:ARBRB, irrespective of whether or not these sanctions are still in force or whether they were imposed by the Arbitration Committee or by administrators. (edit notice, talk page notice, AE thread)  Sandstein  12:05, 10 August 2010 (UTC)
  • Provisionally lifted to test the waters again, per proposal at AE here: [216]. Fut.Perf. 17:41, 7 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Evidently the provisional lifting (from 2012) is now permanent, so I've struck out the now-obsolete restriction above. EdJohnston (talk) 02:51, 31 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Article placed on one revert per day 18 January 2010. Notifications given via talk page message and edit notice. NW (Talk) 21:38, 7 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Superseded and expanded by the following restrictions per AE discussion:
  1. No editor may make more than one revert per week on this article (see WP:EW for the meaning of "revert").
  2. All editors with Eastern Europe-related sanctions are banned from editing this article and its talk page. For the purposes of this ban, these editors are all who have at any time been the subject of remedies, blocks or other sanctions logged on the case pages WP:DIGWUREN, WP:EEML or WP:ARBRB, irrespective of whether or not these sanctions are still in force or whether they were imposed by the Arbitration Committee or by administrators.
Notified via edit notice and talk page banner.  Sandstein  22:29, 20 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Per discussion here, these sanctions are replaced with new sanctions which allow only noncontroversial or consensual edits. The 1RR sanction of 2010 continues to apply also.  Sandstein  20:29, 24 February 2011 (UTC)
  • Per AE thread, this article is placed under indefinite full protection in addition to the above restriction. T. Canens (talk) 17:11, 9 November 2011 (UTC)
  • Article placed on one revert per day, 22 September 2010. Notifications given on talk page, talk page banner, and edit notice. Courcelles 14:20, 22 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Article placed under one revert per day on 25 November 2010, per discussion at WP:AE. Notifications given on talk page, talk banner, and edit notice. EdJohnston (talk) 17:30, 25 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Article placed under on revert per day on 27 April 2012. Notifications give on talk page, talk banner, and edit notice. Tiptoety talk 01:21, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
  • Article placed under one revert per day on 30 January 2014. Notifications given on talk page, talk banner, and in the article editnotice. Kevin Gorman (talk) 02:35, 31 January 2014 (UTC)
2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine (edit|talk|history|protect|delete|links|watch|logs|views)
History of Crimea (edit|talk|history|protect|delete|links|watch|logs|views)
2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine (edit|talk|history|protect|delete|links|watch|logs|views)
  • Articles fully move protected until 04:55, 5 June 2014 (UTC) given the high profile nature of the dispute and that there has already been a move war (or attempted move war) on at least one of the articles. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 04:55, 5 March 2014 (UTC)