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Blogger Unveils Sochi Corruption Website

Blogger Unveils Sochi Corruption Website

Feb 7, 2014
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Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny joined the Sochi anti-corruption campaign this week, launching an interactive website outlining what he calls the “true costs” of the Olympic preparations in Sochi. Read More »

Azerbaijani gets jail for dissing bank as corrupt on Facebook

Azerbaijani gets jail for dissing bank as corrupt on Facebook

Aug 22, 2013
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It calls itself “Your Accessible European Bank” and is partly owned by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an institution pledged to uphold democratic values. Read More »

Moscow to track subway riders’ mobile phones

Moscow to track subway riders’ mobile phones

Aug 5, 2013
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Moscow’s metro system will soon be equipped with devices able to read data off people’s mobile phones.

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Web of Mystery

Web of Mystery

Jul 19, 2013
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TIRASPOL | An unusual event took place 7 July in Tiraspol, the chief city of Transdniester, when a group of protesters gathered on a park square and called for a stop to the obstruction of websites critical of the government. It marked the first public demonstration against the administration of President Yevgeny Shevchuk since he came to power 18 months ago, pledging a more open style of governing in the unrecognized quasi-state of fewer than half a million inhabitants. Read More »

Constitutional court upholds online defamation law

Constitutional court upholds online defamation law

Jul 10, 2013
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On 9 July, the Russian Constitutional Court in St. Petersburg ruled that website owners are responsible for the removal of defamatory information from their sites even if it was posted by a third party. Read More »

The day Russia’s libraries stood still

The day Russia’s libraries stood still

Jul 4, 2013
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On July 2, 2013 three of Russia’s popular online libraries blocked user access to their websites and collections as a way to protest a new law aimed at combating internet piracy (see RuNet Echo coverage here [GV]), which passed Russia’s lower house of parliament on June 21, 2013. Read More »

Orphaned in US, SOPA finds home in Russia

Orphaned in US, SOPA finds home in Russia

Jun 21, 2013
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America’s controversial Stop Online Piracy Act is back—and it’s poised to become law in a matter of weeks. Read More »

PRISM infects Russia with cyberwar scare

PRISM infects Russia with cyberwar scare

Jun 14, 2013
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Brace yourself. The cyberwar is coming.
Since last week, when the world learned about PRISM, a vast and secret American electronic surveillance program, Russian state officials have expressed renewed concerns about foreign social networks posing a national security threat.

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Russia’s VKontakte networking site banned by ‘mistake’

Russia’s VKontakte networking site banned by ‘mistake’

May 31, 2013
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A “mistake” that saw Russia’s leading social network site blocked for several hours 24 May may have been meant as a warning to Russian Internet users, blogger Oleg Kozyrev tells Radio Free Europe. Read More »

Tajikistan’s recent YouTube block highlights a fickle friendship with the Web

Tajikistan’s recent YouTube block highlights a fickle friendship with the Web

May 29, 2013
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To friend or to unfriend?  Tajikistan cannot make up its mind about the Internet.   Read More »

Azerbaijan legislating civil web discourse

Azerbaijan legislating civil web discourse

May 3, 2013
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Just as Azerbaijan is being criticized in the Freedom House report, the country’s legislature is considering a measure that would punish untoward statements on the Internet, EurasiaNet.org reports.
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Wikipedia’s suicide mission against Russian censors

Wikipedia’s suicide mission against Russian censors

Apr 12, 2013
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Smoking cannabis is dangerous business for people the world over. In Russia, just writing about it online is apparently enough to run afoul of federal anti-drug police, as that nation’s Wikipedians learned last Friday, April 5, 2013. It was then that state officials first informed Wikimedia Russia, the Wikimedia Foundation’s local chapter, that the government has placed its “Cannabis Smoking” article [ru] on its blacklist of illegal websites. Read More »

YouTube sues Russian authorities over video ban

YouTube sues Russian authorities over video ban

Feb 13, 2013
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YouTube is suing the Russian consumer rights agency over a new law that restricts content, RIA Novosti reports. Read More »

Russia shutters more than 90 sites over child pornography

Russia shutters more than 90 sites over child pornography

Feb 7, 2013
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More than 90 Russian-registered websites have been shut down since January for content containing child pornography, according to a  4 February  announcement by the Interpol National Central Bureau, RIA Novosti reports.  Read More »

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