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New Laboratory for Russia’s Internet Censors

By Coda Staff Russia’s internet censor is building its own digital laboratory to test and develop its own methods for blocking websites and other online activity, according to Izvestia. A new subdivision of the communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, will run the laboratory, as well as organize online exercise drills to prepare staff to enforce new internet regulations coming into force next month. A key concern is to find ways to block internet

Russian Censor Summons CNN Staff Over Supposed Media Law Violation

By The Moscow Times Russia’s state media censor on Friday summoned representatives of the U.S.-based CNN International cable news television channel over supposed media law violations. Roskomnadzor spokesman Vadim Ampelonsky told the state-run news agency TASS that CNN had provided an outdated dateline. Documents submitted by CNN to prove they had fixed the problem were “being analyzed,” he said, but the station would remain under observation. Russia’s Foreign Ministry warned on Thursday that it could retaliate against a U.S. demand for Kremlin-backed news

Russian federal censor adds Snapchat to government list of instant messengers without company’s knowledge

By Meduza Correction: Snapchat has clarified that Russia’s Internet censor added Snap Inc. to its list of online messengers without its knowledge. Initial reports that the service registered with the Russian government “are not accurate,” a company spokesperson told Meduza. “It appears that they unilaterally registered us.” As of now, Snapchat does not intend to comply with the regulations placed on registered messengers, the company told Gizmodo. Snap Inc. has

Channeling Anger: In Russia, Even Chat Messengers Are Politicized (Op-ed)

Russian authorities claim their attacks on Telegram are because the platform helps terrorists By David Homak, for The Moscow Times Earlier this week, Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor threatened to block Telegram, an encrypted messenger service allegedly used by the Islamic State. The reality behind the decision is likely more political in nature. It began in 2014, when state authorities established a registry of “information-dissemination organizers”—essentially a list of every website

Head of Russia’s federal censor says he’ll appeal personally to Telegram creator to demand submission to new draconian laws

By Meduza The head of Roskomnadzor, Russia’s federal censor, told the news agency Interfax on Monday that he plans to appeal personally to Pavel Durov, the creator of the instant messenger app Telegram, with demands that he register the service legally in Russia as an “information distributor.” Alexander Zharov says he will convey the message within the next week. In the meantime, Zharov says Roskomnadzor is “waiting and waiting for

Kremlin Unleashes Attack Dogs on MH17 Investigation

“Anti-Bellingcat” bloggers have ties to ultra-nationalists and government, wrote for Medium. The Kremlin media, if nobody else, have been rocked by the report of a group of Russian bloggers calling themselves “anti-Bellingcat” who claim to have disproved some of Bellingcat’s key findings in the MH17 case. The Bellingcat group of investigative journalists has been one of the leading researchers into the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The group has

Russia’s Internet Watchdog Blocks Sites Calling for Election Boycott

Russia’s Internet watchdog Roskomnadzor has blocked four websites that called for mass boycotts of the upcoming State Duma elections, it stated in a message posted on its website. Roskomnadzor said that it received a request to block the sites from the Prosecutor General’s Office. “Reasons [for blocking the websites] include the publication of propaganda material intended to promote among the Russian people the idea of boycotting the State Duma elections.”In

Russian Censors Falsify Evidence Against Newspaper to Uphold Ban on Political Coverage

Almost a year ago exactly, the Kremlin’s media watchdog agency, Roskomnadzor, warned a series of news outlets against publishing reports about a protest that took place in Siberia on August 17, 2014. Last weekend, in an appeals case by one newspaper against the government, state censors finally revealed specifically why they banned several news stories last year about the rally in Siberia. According to some reports, Roskomnadzor even falsified some of the

Russia Says Twitter Doesn’t Need to Comply With Its New Data-Localization Law

State officials have announced that Twitter can ignore a new law coming into force on September 1 that will require online services to store all Russian user data on servers located inside Russia. On July 17, Alexander Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor, the Kremlin’s media watchdog agency, told the press that federal censors don’t consider the kind of user data Twitter collects to qualify as “personal information” under the new

Russian censor takes aim against Novaya Gazeta

Russia’s Roskomnadzor has issued the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta with a warning over bad language cited in a literary text.  As the second warning in less than a year, it could be used as pretext to strip the publication of its licence. If the first warning was over alleged ‘extremism’ in a political text by the well-known journalist Yulya Latynina, the second is over an excerpt from a book soon

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