Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

  1. Outlaw anonymous messaging!

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    May 24, 2017 by AK

    The Moscow Times reports: A new bill banning anonymous users from using online messenger apps has been submitted to the Russian parliament. The plans would require users of apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram to identify themselves with their cell phone number. Russian-language media are confirming this. It would be a waste of time to comment …
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  2. Into deeper s—, endlessly: Russia to ban foreign VPNs?

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    April 19, 2017 by AK

    This reads like a good summary of what I’ve read in Vedomosti: Russia has drafted a bill that blocks anonymous proxies and VPN services that refuse to prohibit access to forbidden websites… According to the bill, anonymizers and VPN services will be required to block access to resources from Roskomnadzor black list. What isn’t clear to me is …
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  3. Theatrical censorship: feeling like 1983 yet?

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    March 31, 2015 by AK

    This is shameful and sad. Russian theater seems to be going through a golden age but artistic censorship can quickly put an end to it. Timofey Kuliabin, principal director at the Red Torch drama theater in Novosibirsk, is one of the younger contributors to this renaissance, well respected for his stagings despite his relative youth. The Kremlin is probably thinking …
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  4. Importing the Chinese firewall

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    February 5, 2015 by AK

    Once again, the Russian government, more specifically the notorious Roskomnadzor, wants to block anonymizing software [link in Russian]. I wrote about it in 2012 and 2013. These people only live to make others’ lives harder.


  5. More opposition sites blocked in Russia

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    March 13, 2014 by AK

    Andrey Lugovoy, the man wanted in the UK in connection with the Litvinenko murder, has not only been elected to the Duma but has co-sponsored a bill allowing the prosecutor’s office to block “extremist” sites without waiting for a court order. Today, the prosecutor general office has blacklisted a number of opposition sites, including grani.ru, …
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  6. Anti-gay bill: another stick for the Russian media

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    June 11, 2013 by AK

    As Russia-watchers probably know, the Duma is about to pass a bill outlawing “homosexual propaganda among minors.” It was originally modeled on the St. Petersburg city law sponsored by a village idiot called Vitaly Milonov, with whom Stephen Fry had a discussion of sorts back in March. It turns out the Duma’s version has been …
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  7. Banning anonymizing software, revisited

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    June 8, 2013 by AK

    Assorted KGB scum wants to ban anonymizing software in Russia, again (I mentioned this disgusting idea back in September 2012; this link is in Russian, courtesy of the great Russian blogger Denis Yatsutko). On the one hand, all such bans can be circumvented; on the other, the very idea is sickening and makes one want to escape …
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  8. Russia to outlaw anonymizing software! I’m not joking

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    September 28, 2012 by AK

    As you may have heard, the Russian Duma has passed a law which lets a government agency to arbitrarily block internet sites for “extremism”, “information harmful to minors” and so on – basically for anything they don’t like. This piece of legislation (if it may be called so – passed by a bunch of unelected, …
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