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19 March 2019

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

Advox

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

15 March 2019

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

Advox

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."

7 March 2019

Queer women in Russia’s North Caucasus ‘face sexual violence, forced marriage, and murder’

Out of the 21 women interviewed by QWNC, eight knew someone among their friends, relatives, or neighbours killed by their male family members for behaviour that "humiliated the family."

3 March 2019

Russian rocket Soyuz launches the first OneWeb satellites, tethered to the ground by restrictive legislation

Russians' hopes for censorship-free online access crashed and burned after the authorities imposed strict regulations and full government control of the pioneering satellite Internet program.

27 February 2019

USCYBERCOM attack gives Russian legislators new justification for tighter internet controls

Advox

Both pro-Kremlin experts and their opponents see the USCYBERCOM's attack on the "troll factory" as ammunition for isolationist policies.

26 February 2019

Russian cathedral choir's performance of a song about US nuclear annihilation shows that parody doesn't quite work in 2019

As Russian state TV regularly airs segments simulating total or partial nuclear destruction of the United States, this was bound to raise a few eyebrows.

22 February 2019

As Putin preaches ‘sovereignty’ and tech modernization, experts lament loss of online freedoms

Advox

As Vladimir Putin promises Russians a faster, more reliable internet, two reports by independent expert groups paint an unrelentingly bleak picture of more crackdowns on online freedom of speech.

17 February 2019

Russian public sector workers ordered to ‘like’ social media posts promoting the 2019 Winter Universiade

This is not the first instance of Russian public officials acting as "human bots" to promote the government's agenda online.

3 February 2019

Russian ‘anti-fake news’ bill rushed through parliament despite vocal opposition

Advox

Both the "anti-fake news" bill and its twin initiative against offending the authorities use Germany and other Western countries' laws as inspiration.

26 January 2019

Russia's isolationist ‘sovereign internet’ bill worries experts and users alike

Experts have pointed to the colossal costs associated with building the infrastructure required, and lamented that this would only lead to further monopolization of the Russian internet provider market.

23 January 2019

Local radio station in Russia cancels interview with LGBT activists after threats to editor

Homophobic abuse online didn't put the editor off, but anonymous calls threatening violence against her guests did.

10 January 2019

Russian feminists flip the script on classic Soviet films

The generation of Russians now in their mid-30s is finding their parents' TV and film role models disappointing by the modern standards of relationships and gender equality.

14 December 2018

Russian reporter who faked his own murder named a ‘person of the year’ by TIME magazine

Advox

TIME ignored the murder of three journalists while including a staged one. Why couldn’t both be included?

6 December 2018

New internet laws in Russia — and US tech giants’ acquiescence — spell trouble for dissenting voices

Advox

These new laws and rules, along with other laws regulating the collection of online user data, makes it difficult to use online platforms to voice discontent in Russia.

27 November 2018

Russian rapper arrested and unexpectedly released after alleged Kremlin intervention

Husky is no liberal minstrel, but fellow rappers rushed to his support when he was arrested. Then a state TV executive bragged about the Kremlin's efforts to release him.

9 November 2018

Russia’s most progressive media outlet finds itself on the wrong side of #MeToo

Kolpakov is the first-ever man to publicly resign over sexual assault accusations in Russia. And he's a #metoo supporter.

5 November 2018

Suicide attack against Russia's domestic intelligence agency spells more trouble for activists

A suicide bomber's attack against a local intelligence agency's office in Russia, allegedly an extreme reaction to violent persecution of leftist activists, generates yet more trouble for the latter.

26 October 2018

Death by bureaucracy? Russian regulators slap independent news site with sky-high fine

Advox

"It obviously means bankruptcy and imminent closure for the magazine."

18 October 2018

Six red carnations and one severed ram’s head: Deadly threats sent to Russian independent newspaper

Advox

The recipient of these grisly messages, the independent investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta, holds the record for the most of its reporters murdered on the job: six, including Anna Politkovskaya.

25 September 2018

Chat bot lets Russians detained at protests request legal assistance

Advox

A Russian NGO tracking police brutality developed a chatbot on the popular Telegram messenger that allows people detained at rallies report their arrests and request legal assistance.

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