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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

What’s Russia blocking on the web?

What’s Russia blocking on the web?

April saw a bizarre variety of sites blocked by the Russian authorities or internet service providers – among them Pussy Riot videos, Wikipedia, the Yandex search engine, and sites promoting bribery and corruption. Compiled by Andrei Soldatov

What Russia censored in March

In March the Russian authorities turned their attentions to online social networks — and the Kremlin proved adept at getting major international companies to comply with its directives: on 15 March Twitter blocked an account that promoted drugs and on 29 March Facebook took down a page called “Suicide School”

What Russia censored in February

It became clear in February that internet censorship in Russia could be expanded to include sites with gay content. The State Duma voted for a bill banning “propaganda” for homosexuality involving minors, the second reading of which is scheduled for 25 May. Many commentators believe that by then the bill

The Kremlin makes its move on Facebook

The Kremlin makes its move on Facebook

Russian parliamentarians have passed legislation that will establish a central register of banned websites. The new laws are ostensibly designed for child protection, but Andrei Soldatov says the real aim is to take control over the country’s burgeoning social networks READ: INDEX ON CENSORSHIP CONDEMNS RUSSIAN INTERNET BLACKLIST PLAN

Russia: FSB press office licenced to spy

Russia: FSB press office licenced to spy

Russia's Federal Security Service, the successor to the KGB, has granted the same office that responds to journalists requests licence to search their homes, wiretap them and place them under surveillance, reveals Andrei Soldatov

Lebedev’s standards

Lebedev’s standards

Is the Evening Standard headed for the same fate as Alexander Lebedev’s under-resourced Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazeta? Andrei Soldatov reports