Stories about Russia

24 September 2014

How Not to Understand the Kremlin's Internet ‘Kill Switch’

The justifications for preparing a “self-sufficient RuNet” are weak. The tools necessary for such a feat, moreover, would empower the Kremlin to restrict Russia's vital communications in an instant.

8 September 2014

This Russian Lawmaker Thinks the US Can Take Russia Off The Internet

A deputy in the Russian parliament thinks the United States might cut off Russia's internet and suggests Russians take measures to get ready for the information blackout.

30 August 2014

Ukraine Asks Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Bots

Ukrainian Facebook users have complained to Mark Zuckerberg himself that their accounts are being blocked on the site in droves—and they're blaming the Kremlin's bot army.

15 August 2014

Russia Just Doubled Its Internet Surveillance Program

At first glance, "SORM 2.0" seems redundant, but the reform of police surveillance online could vastly expand the reach of the Kremlin.

8 August 2014

Will Russia Start Blocking Websites in Real Time?

Already plagued by Roskomnadzor blacklists, blogger registration, and the blocking of Twitter accounts, a Russian organization now wants to introduce real-time filtering of online content.

6 August 2014

Netizen Report: Russia's Official Blogger Registry is Open for Business

This week, Israeli army soldier-turned-whistleblower Eran Efrati was arrested in Israel, Facebook is giving free apps to Zambia, and Tor is under attack.

5 August 2014

Forgot Your Password? Don't Worry, the Kremlin Has It.

To ease the process of developing a national "blogger registry, the Russian government is inviting bloggers to share something every Internet user knows never to divulge: their logins and passwords.

28 July 2014

Twitter “Blocks” Access to Russia's Most Infamous Hackers

Russia's Twitter users no longer have access to @b0ltai, an account belonging to a hacker collective that has leaked several Kremlin documents to the Internet over the past 7 months.

24 July 2014

Russia Offers 4 Million Rubles to Crack the Tor Network

Although unlikely, should Russia’s decryption project succeed, it could endanger millions of Internet users whose interest in online anonymity is far from nefarious.

6 July 2014

Everything You Need to Know About Russia's Internet Crackdown

To help people keep track of what’s what in Russian cyberspace, we've compiled a list of the most important laws to hit the RuNet in the past two years.