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Stories about Russia

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."

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.

6 February 2015

Crimean IT Industry Wilts Under Western Sanctions

Companies like Apple and Google blocking access to their services in Crimea due to Western sanctions, bringing a high cost for IT professionals and citizens.

4 February 2015

Stop the Music: Spotify Cancels Launch in Russia

Spotify is leaving Russia in response to the economic crisis, the political situation, and the draconian Internet laws.

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.