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Stories about Russia

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.”

Facebook's Zuckerberg Responds to Ukrainians’ Complaints, But Is His Answer Enough?

Mark Zuckerberg has addressed the appeals of Ukrainian Facebook users for better content moderation and calls to create a dedicated Ukrainian office. His answers seem unlikely to satisfy them.

13 April 2015

Google Denies Russian Media Claims on Data Localization Move

Google representatives have denied Russian media reports that Google was bowing to Russia's demands and moving to store Russian users' data on servers inside the country, calling them "inaccurate."

23 March 2015

Russia Will Deploy “Digital Fingerprinting” to Enforce Copyright Online

A new intellectual property register, based on the principle of digital fingerprinting, is in the works in Russia to track and protect copyrighted files online.

17 March 2015

Government Takedown Requests from Russia Double, Facebook Reports

Facebook restricted access to 55 pieces of content in Russia since July 2014, based on requests from Russian authorities, compared to 29 fulfilled during the first half of 2014.

10 March 2015

Roscomnadzor Threatens Complete Block of RuNet Encyclopedia

Russian telecom watchdog Roscomnadzor wants to block pages about "drugs and child porn" on RuNet culture encyclopedia Lurkmore.ru, but will instead block the entire website, because it uses https encryption.

6 March 2015

Blogger Law Violations Go Unpunished in Russia

Since the infamous 'blogger law' came into power in Russia seven months ago, Roscomnadzor documented 67 violations, but not a single blogger has been punished for swearing or religious offenses.

13 February 2015

Russia Says You Can't Mention Ukrainian Nationalists, Unless You Say They're Bad

One permitted way to mention such organizations it to do so "in a negative light, ascribing them characteristics like 'radical,' 'extremist,' or 'nationalist.'"

In Putin's Russia, a Retweet Can Lead to a Jail Term

Even a retweet of an image or a republished post may cost Russian citizens unfettered access to the Internet—and often, their freedom.

9 February 2015

Twitter's New Transparency Report Shows Massive Spike in Demands from Russia

"We went from having never received a request to receiving more than 100 requests for account information. We did not provide information in response to any," Twitter's report says.