Stories about Russia

16 July 2019

Kremlin’s new law against ‘online disrespect’ proves hard to implement

The law allows courts to fine or jail people found guilty of making “insulting statements” towards the authorities online.

4 June 2019

Tinder now required to share user data with Russian authorities

The app is now legally required to store users' data for six months and provide it to the Russian authorities at their request.

28 May 2019

Russia: Kommersant staff walk out in protest of censorship, triggering journalism ethics debate

The entire politics desk of Kommersant, several dozen people in total, has since resigned out of solidarity with their colleagues.

4 May 2019

Too big to be anonymous? Russian journalists unmask a famous anti-Kremlin blogger, sparking ethical debate

StalinGulag’s posts are usually acerbic, profanity-laden critiques of Russia's political system, generating thousands of likes and retweets.

11 April 2019

Rumors of Russia's first ‘fake news’ case against a media outlet might just be fake news

Media were quick to suggest that a bogus yoga ban story could be the first victim of the Russia's 'fake news' law.

29 March 2019

Russian regulators ask VPNs to block blacklisted websites, but most have refused

This defeats the purpose of a VPN, a technology used primarily to help people access censored websites.

27 March 2019

With elections just days away, Ukraine faces disinformation, cyber attacks and further Russian interference

Ukraine may be home to “the most globally advanced case of computational propaganda.” How will this affect the presidential election?

20 March 2019

Russian journalist forced to resign for Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities

Journalist Maria Karpenko says her editor confronted her about co-running a Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities.

19 March 2019

‘Blood feud’ against Chechen blogger is the culmination of a months-long, unusually frank conversation about a buried past

Heated exchanges provide a rare glimpse into painful and conflicted issues that are burning hot in today’s Chechnya, ten years after the official conclusion of the Second Chechen War.

15 March 2019

Teen theatre production banned by Russian authorities for promoting ‘non-traditional family relations’

Russia has recently passed a series of socially conservative laws targeting activists, advocacy groups and online media for anything that can be construed as "promoting homosexuality to minors."

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