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31 May 2016

Russian Manhandled Over Social Media Comment

Federal police in St. Petersburg have accused a man in St. Petersburg of inciting hatred and enmity following a comment he made on social media. His house was raided, while the man was pinned down on the ground with his hands tied behind his back, Meduza reports.

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27 May 2016

Russian Media and Internet Users Debate the Ethics of Reporting on Teenage Suicide

Whales. Butterflies. Rina. f57. These words, images, and names have been circulating on the Russian media and social networking sites this past week after independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta published an article exposing groups on VKontakte that allegedly promote suicide.

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26 May 2016

How Russia's independent media was dismantled piece by piece

When three senior editors resigned from one of the last independent publications in Russia last week, it was condemned as yet another sign of the mounting pressures on journalists under president Vladimir Putin’s rule. 

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24 May 2016

Pro-suicide Groups on Russian Social Media?

News broke last week of a potentially wide-ranging problem, prompting action by the authorities.

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23 May 2016

Russia Seeks China’s Help Controlling the Internet

A Russian group working to restrict information on the Internet is seeking advice from Chinese experts.

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20 May 2016

Neutering Russia's media, again

While the space for independent journalism in Russia has narrowed dramatically in recent years, one organization seemed to buck the trend. It was called RBC and owned by the billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who had unsuccessfully run against President Vladimir Putin for the presidency in 2012.

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19 May 2016

Russian Media Watchdog Blocks Pro-Suicide Social Network Pages

Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has blacklisted eight groups on the social network Vkontakte for allegedly promoting suicide.

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18 May 2016

Three Russian editors resign amid threats to press freedom

Three senior editors have resigned from the leading Russian media group RBC in a further sign of official pressure on independent journalism.

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17 May 2016

Russia's anti-terror legislation, liberal media under pressure and Eurovision

Russian media roundup: The Russian State Duma introduced controversial anti-terrorism legislation and the independent media holding company RBC found itself under new pressure from the Kremlin.

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16 May 2016

Details Emerge of Criminal Case Against Russia's RBC Media

Independent Russian media company RosBusinessConsulting (RBC) has been accused of defrauding shareholders of one million rubles ($15,400), the Kommersant newspaper reported Thursday.

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