Russia restricts use of Twitter over alleged failure to remove banned content

Russia’s state communications watchdog said on Wednesday it was restricting the use of Twitter by slowing down its speed, accusing the social media platform of repeatedly failing to remove banned content from its site. Roskomnadzor threatened to block the service completely and said there were more than 3,000 posts containing illegal content on it as… Read More Russia restricts use of Twitter over alleged failure to remove banned content

Russia files lawsuit against Google, Facebook, Twitter for failure to delete protest content

Russian authorities are suing five social media platforms for allegedly failing to delete posts urging children to take part in illegal protests, the Interfax news agency cited a Moscow court as saying on Tuesday. Twitter, Google, Facebook each have three cases against them, with each violation punishable by a fine of up to 4 million… Read More Russia files lawsuit against Google, Facebook, Twitter for failure to delete protest content

Russian court sentences opposition politician Alexei Navalny to three and half years imprisonment

A Russian court sentenced Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to three and a half years in jail on Tuesday after ruling he had violated the terms of his parole, but said that his prison term would be shortened for time he had served earlier under house arrest. Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics,… Read More Russian court sentences opposition politician Alexei Navalny to three and half years imprisonment

Russia fines wife of Kremlin critic for participation in protests

A Russian court on Monday fined Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, 20,000 roubles (an equivalent of $265) for taking part in unsanctioned protests on Sunday, the court said. Riot police broke up protests across Russia on Sunday in support of Navalny, detaining more than 5,300 people who had braved the… Read More Russia fines wife of Kremlin critic for participation in protests

Russian police detain hundreds protesting against jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Riot police broke up protests across Russia on Sunday in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, detaining more than 4,500 people who had braved the bitter cold and the threat of prosecution to demand he be set free. In a massive show of force, police imposed a sweeping security lockdown in the heart of Moscow,… Read More Russian police detain hundreds protesting against jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Russian police raid properties of Kremlin critic and allies, detain younger brother

Police in Moscow detained Oleg Navalny, the brother of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, and searched the homes of the opposition politician’s associates and other properties linked to him, his allies said. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday to demand that the Kremlin release Alexei Navalny from jail, where he… Read More Russian police raid properties of Kremlin critic and allies, detain younger brother

Russian police detain scores of protesters demanding release of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny

Police detained over 1,000 people across Russia on Saturday and used force to break up rallies around the country as tens of thousands of protesters demanded the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, whose wife was among those detained. Navalny had called on his supporters to protest after being arrested last weekend as he returned… Read More Russian police detain scores of protesters demanding release of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny

Thousands protest against tighter internet restrictions in Russia

Thousands of people took to the streets of Moscow and two other cities on Sunday to rally against tighter internet restrictions, in some of the biggest protests in the Russian capital in years. Lawmakers last month backed tighter internet controls contained in legislation they say is necessary to prevent foreign meddling in Russia’s affairs. But… Read More Thousands protest against tighter internet restrictions in Russia