Stories about Russia

16 February 2018

Social Media Giants Are at the Center of a Censorship Scandal in Russia — Again

The latest manifestation of online platforms being targeted for censorship by government entities

24 October 2017

Knife Attack on Russian Journalist Reignites an “Atmosphere of Hate” in the Media

The knife assault on Felgengauer sparked a wave of criticism against the state propaganda apparatus, which has recently intensified attacks on independent media in Russia, specifically Echo of Moscow.

21 July 2017

Russia's Parliament Went on a Censorship Binge Today

The Kremlin is cracking down on online anonymity. Again.

Kyrgyzstan Blocks on ‘Extremism’ Grounds

Russia also moved to block the website and its popular 'Wayback Machine' two years ago.

26 June 2017

Is the End Near for Telegram in Russia?

Blocking Telegram in Russia would surely decrease its popularity, but there is no guarantee that it will help stifle communication among violent extremist groups.

6 June 2017

Digital Guerrillas Bring Down Russian State Censor's Website

How hackers tricked Internet service providers into blocking the state censor's website.

22 May 2017

Panic Over Russian Online Suicide Game Sparks ‘Whale Hunt’ in China

Pro-government groups are waging a campaign against the game, and internet censors have predictably gone into overdrive.

17 May 2017

The Russian State Media: Champion of Internet Freedom?

With millions of Ukrainians now at risk of losing their beloved online services, Russia's state media did what it often does in unexpected geopolitical situations: it suddenly changed sides.

16 May 2017

Ukraine Sanctions VKontakte, Other Russian Social Media Websites

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed an order instructing the country's Internet providers to block several major Russian social media websites.

10 May 2017

Who's Paying for the Meme War Against Alexey Navalny?

The scheme comes in the wake of news about a major mudslingling campaign that the Kremlin was reportedly planning against Navalny.