The Russian state is implementing a punitive online law that is leading to crackdowns on an increasingly wide array of social media posts. But it is proving to be a shambolic form of censorship that suffers from judicial overreach and absurd-sounding convictions.
Marginally, yes, in the short term. Long-term, however, local grievances and international struggles will doubtless return to the fore.
Here is how the Kremlin is enacting an unpopular economic reform: deny responsibility, declare its inevitability, distract the public with a popular sporting event
The Duma is debating whether to threaten the rights of foreign residence permit holders or those with dual citizenship
The story of Ukraine’s security police staging a planned assassination of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko provoked significant online anger and hate speech. It is an increasingly typical Russian public reaction to an ever widening range of current events.
What does the Kremlin’s fight against Telegram reveal?
If you are intrigued by the title, this means such a possibility exists
There is nothing unique about the way Russians are responding to authoritarian rule
How Kremlin propaganda turns its opponents into “Russophobes” and “Kremlin agents”
How RuNet users end up behind bars
The virtual war with the West is smoothly turning into a conflict between the authorities and the opposition
Here is the full story of how fake news gets made — the motives and means of its commissioning and production