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Stories about Russia

14 January 2015

Kremlin-Owned Internet Search Engine Filters Out ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Results

Earlier today, Russian Internet users discovered that Sputnik.ru returns almost no image-search results for “Charlie Hebdo” (in Latin script or Cyrillic), whatever one’s “moderation” settings.

12 January 2015

Intel Shuts Down Its Russian-Language Developer Forums

Intel's decision could create an important precedent, showing how easily new RuNet regulations spill into seemingly innocuous blogging activities.

Russia Investigates VKontakte User for Posting Ukraine-Related Content

Russian authorities are investigating a Yekaterinburg woman on charges of "inciting hatred and violence" for posting links to content about Ukrainian Euromaidan protests on the social network VKontakte.

18 December 2014

The Russian Internet is Not Free. A New Tax Might Make it Even Worse.

The Russian government is now considering its own variant of an Internet tax, and wants to make all Russian Internet users pay for consuming copyrighted content online.

10 December 2014

A New Filtering System Could Slow Down RuNet. And Then There's the Censorship

Internet filtering at ISP level might become reality in Russia by the end of 2014. This would slow down Internet speeds and introduce more surveillance and censorship in the RuNet.

9 December 2014

Russian Prosecutors Say Man's Reaction to Ethnic Riot Was Hate Speech

Konstantin Sankov stands accused of "calling for hostile acts against a group defined in terms of national identity." If convicted, he could go to prison for 5 years.

14 November 2014

Online Campaign to Support Russian LGBT Teens Is Charged with ‘Gay Propaganda’

It is hard to underestimate the chilling effect the crackdown on Children-404 might have. The LGBT community is one of the least respected, most maligned groups in Russian society.

27 October 2014

Russia Step Ups Censorship of ISIS Social Media Content

The move to forbid ISIS’s media content joins a trend of growing Internet surveillance and censorship in Russia, but the feasibility of weakening ISIS by targeting social media is questionable.

17 October 2014

Building an Internet Fast Lane in Russia Could Be a Great Way to Stifle Independent Media

In Russia, where the online space for independent media is fast shrinking, the prospect of ending net neutrality and filtering Internet content poses significant dangers.

16 October 2014

As The Kremlin's Media Crackdown Continues, Blogs Might Be The Final Casualty

With independent online media closing down or moving abroad, Russian bloggers may face even greater pressure from the Kremlin.