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Padraig Reidy: Doubting Cambridge University Press’s commitment to academic freedom

Padraig Reidy: Doubting Cambridge University Press’s commitment to academic freedom

CUP are still refusing to publish Putin’s Kleptocracy by Karen Dawisha for fear of libel action -- despite saying they have no reason to doubt the veracity of the work

Russia seeks to gag UN high commissioner on human rights

As so often at the sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council, some interventions by states go unnoticed, but one in particular -- Russia's -- must be called out

#IndexAwards2015: Campaigning nominee Soldiers’ Mothers

#IndexAwards2015: Campaigning nominee Soldiers’ Mothers

Soldiers’ Mothers of Russia is an NGO network dedicated to improving transparency and exposing human rights abuses in the Russian military

#IndexAwards2015: Journalism nominee Ekho Moskvy

#IndexAwards2015: Journalism nominee Ekho Moskvy

One of few media outlets that is critical of Vladimir Putin’s regime, the radio station is revered by many as the last bastion of free speech in the country

Whistleblower Grigory Pasko: “Russian public will feel a need for the truth”

Whistleblower Grigory Pasko: “Russian public will feel a need for the truth”

Named the International Whistleblower of the year at the inaugural Index Freedom of Expression Awards in 2001, Grigory Pasko is still working to keep investigative journalism alive in Russia.

Padraig Reidy: The Soviet Union may be dead, but Soviet disinformation tactics remain

Padraig Reidy: The Soviet Union may be dead, but Soviet disinformation tactics remain

The Kremlin is playing the same games now as it did in its darkest days. Democrats should be ready to fight back.

Royal Albert Hall and Latvian music festival drawn into Russian culture war

Royal Albert Hall and Latvian music festival drawn into Russian culture war

At first glance, Latvia’s New Wave music festival and the iconic London concert hall might seem to have little in common. But both have recently been embroiled in the fallout from the crisis in Ukraine, James Montague reports

Russia: End the cycle of impunity

Aleksandr Bastrykin Head of the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation The Investigative Committee of Russian Federation 105005, Russia, Moscow, Technicheskii Lane, 2 Sunday 2 November 2014 Dear Mr Bastrykin, RE: Request for investigation into the murder of Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev to be transferred to the Central Investigative Department of the Russian

Russia: Justice Ministry seeks to disband Kremlin-critical human rights group

Russia: Justice Ministry seeks to disband Kremlin-critical human rights group

The ministry has filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court to close the International Memorial Society, Jennifer Janiak reports

Padraig Reidy: Belarus’ dictator cannot bear the egalitarianism of the ice bucket challenge

Padraig Reidy: Belarus’ dictator cannot bear the egalitarianism of the ice bucket challenge

Funny doesn’t work for dictatorships because funny usually involves humanity and vulnerability. This is the appeal of the viral video challenge.

Blunt instruments: Media repression in the Ukraine crisis

The sentencing of journalists for doing their jobs in Egypt has prompted an international outcry. But what happens when journalists are prevented from doing their jobs freely? Nicholas Williams reports

Voices from the frontlines of censorship: Andrei Soldatov

Voices from the frontlines of censorship: Andrei Soldatov

The beauty of the Russian approach to internet censorship is that it doesn’t need to be technically sophisticated to be efficient -- it's all about instigating self-censorship, writes Andrei Soldatov

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