Stories about Russia from June, 2015
Russian Activist Dons Stilettos and Dog Collar to Protest ‘Sadists’ Law’
Submitted to the Duma in late May, the legislation would expand the circumstances under which guards can use force when confronting anything from a prison break to a disobedient prisoner
Tor Use in Russia Spiking in Response to Kremlin's Censorship Efforts
As the Kremlin steps up its efforts to enforce Internet censorship, search engine data shows a growing number of Russians use Tor to circumvent content blocking.
Taking Russia’s Troll Factories to Court
Last week, a woman named Lyudmila Savchuk announced that she is suing Russia’s most famous “troll factory." Savchuk says she worked for this office until March as an undercover reporter.
Russia Claims Another Victory Against Twitter, But Here's What Really Happened
This is not the first time Russian censors claim to have persuaded Twitter to comply with takedown requests. As before, Moscow’s claim today that Twitter “deleted 32 links” is inaccurate.
How Safe Are Internet Search Engines from Russian Censorship?
Saddling Internet search engines in Russia with new regulations raises special concerns, given Moscow's recent track record for reinterpreting Internet laws in ways that inhibit civic freedoms online.
Is Vladimir Kara-Murza's Hospitalization a Fluke or Part of a Violent Pattern?
A Russian political activist remains in critical condition after suddenly collapsing in his office last week, the day after his organization aired a hard-hitting exposé on lawlessness in Chechnya.