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Stories about Russia

3 July 2015

Here's How Russia's New ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Compares to Europe's

RuNet Echo looks at new Russian legislation that would introduce a "right to be forgotten" online, comparing it to the landmark European Court decision last year.

11 June 2015

Russia Moves Forward on ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Bill Despite Industry Protests

Lawmakers insist on adopting the new legislation that would require search engines in Russia to delete links to information and content online based on user requests.

10 June 2015

Facebook Responds to ‘Stop Political Blocking’ Petition by Russians and Ukrainians

In a statement posted to Change.org on June 8, Thomas Kristensen, Facebook’s director of policy for Eastern Europe and Russia, explained that the social network stands by its moderation policies

4 June 2015

Netizen Report: In Quest to Tame Internet, Kremlin Targets Privacy Tools

  Ellery Roberts Biddle, Mohamed ElGohary, Weiping Li, Hae-in Lim, Tetyana Lokot, Kevin Rothrock and Sarah Myers West contributed to this report. Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international...

2 June 2015

Tor Use in Russia Spiking in Response to Kremlin's Censorship Efforts

As the Kremlin steps up its efforts to enforce Internet censorship, search engine data shows a growing number of Russians use Tor to circumvent content blocking.

1 June 2015

How Safe Are Internet Search Engines from Russian Censorship?

Saddling Internet search engines in Russia with new regulations raises special concerns, given Moscow's recent track record for reinterpreting Internet laws in ways that inhibit civic freedoms online.

28 May 2015

Did Russia Just Effectively Outlaw Internet Anonymizers?

A Russian court has ruled to block a webpage for being "an anonymizer," raising concerns that tools like Tor and other anonymizing proxy services might soon be banned wholesale.

26 May 2015

Dear Ukrainian Officials: Russian Security Services Thank You for Your Cooperation!

A group of journalists pulled a prank on Ukrainian officials who use Russian email services, alerting them to the dangers of careless information security policies.

19 May 2015

Russia Launches ‘Predictive System’ for Monitoring Protest Activity Online

The new Russian software will allegedly be able to spot preparations for protests online long before they happen, and could supply that information to law enforcement, academics and state officials.

15 May 2015

PayPal Blocks Donations for Printing Boris Nemtsov’s Ukraine War Report

PayPal has informed the "Putin.War" report team the service cannot be used for "collecting funds to finance the activities of political parties or for political aims in Russia.”