The bill creates a system that gives the authorities the capacity to extra-judicially block access to parts of the Internet in Russia; the public would not know what has been blocked and why.
In 2016, a group of masked men attacked a minibus carrying journalists and human rights activists; several of the journalists were hospitalised and their vehicle and equipment were destroyed. No suspects have ever been identified.
In the last three months of 2018, at least 36 music performances were cancelled due to official intervention; authorities claimed they were upholding laws protecting children from the promotion of suicide and narcotics.
Sharofiddin Gadoev has lived as a refugee in Holland since 2015; he was detained on a trip to Moscow and transported to Tajikistan where family members say he has been forced to denounce opposition figures publicly.
Under two news pieces of draft legislation, anyone ‘insulting the state’ could face up to 15 days in prison; those judged to be propagating ‘false information’ would face fines.
Journalists Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev and Kirill Radchenko were murdered in the Central African Republic when they went there to make a documentary on Kremlin-linked mercenaries.
Well known for criticising prominent local figures in his blog, Valov was convicted of extorting money from a Sochi representative in the Russian parliament, despite a lack of material evidence and repeated procedural violations.
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is one of thousands arrested in recent years for taking part in, or organising, peaceful public protests.
The editor of the now-closed Kalingrad-based weekly, Novye Kolesa, Igor Rudnikov has been held for the past year on a highly dubious extortion charge.
A 16-year-old boy who was charged with breaking Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law after he posted semi-nude images on social media has had the case against him dismissed.
A critic of the Russian authorities, Kirill Serebrennikov has been under house arrest since 23 August 2017 on dubious charges of defrauding the state.
Законы, принятые после возвращения Владимира Путина на пост президента в мае 2012 года, значительно усилили контроль российских властей за распространением информации в интернете и вне интернета, что приводит к подавлению свободы слова в России.
Laws passed since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency in May 2012 have dramatically strengthened the authorities’ control over the flow of information online and offline, radically restricting free expression in Russia.
The editor of news website ‘Volgogradsky Reporter’, Makhinya went missing in Volgograd on 7 June. Authorities are treating the case as a suspected homicide.