Latest stories about Russia
1 November 2013
In the latest news from Russia's slow but inexorable march to tighter control over the Internet, the Russian security apparatus is expanding its surveillance requirements for Russian ISPs.
10 October 2013
Russian website Looo.ch was presumably blocked for hosting an art project: two multimedia "textbooks" titled "Homosexuality for Children" and "Lesbianism for Children," which are meant to be a "satire of Russian homophobia."
24 August 2013
Russia's best-known political blogger earned his fame fighting corruption in the private sector, but may now face five years' jail time on (possibly trumped-up) embezzlement charges. In the meantime, he's running for mayor of Moscow.
2 August 2013
A Russian blogger got in trouble with local authorities after reposting pictures from a nightclub's social networking page featuring half-naked patrons engaged in striptease contests and public sex acts.
17 July 2013
Human rights defenders in Russia are divided over Edward Snowden and the Kremlin's treatment of the former NSA subcontractor who remains in jurisdictional limbo at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.
17 June 2013
America’s controversial Stop Online Piracy Act is back—and it’s poised to become law in a matter of weeks. SOPA, however, isn’t coming to the US, where a wide coalition defeated the legislation in January 2012. A law that creates similarly harsh penalties for online copyright violations is on the cusp of finding a home in Russia.
17 April 2013
Pussy Riot, eat your heart out. On April 17, Russia’s most polarizing blogger, Alexey Navalny, will stand trial for embezzling roughly half a million dollars from a state-owned timber company in the city of Kirov. In a country constantly plagued by politicized legal proceedings, prosecuting the nation’s most prominent netizen promises fireworks.