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In Russia, a Proposal to Store User Data on Russian Soil Will "Throttle Expression," Activists Say

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, April 17 2014

Facebook's first built-from-scratch data center. The company recently opened one In Sweden (Photo: Intel Free Press/Flickr)

Alexey Lisovenko, a member of the Moscow City Council, who has recently proposed that all personal data of Russians from all social media sites should be housed in servers located on Russian soil. He says it is to protect the Russian people from NSA spying but activists say the move would only allow Russia to better control online expression. Read More

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New Russian Law Makes Publication of Information on Gay Rights Illegal

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, June 12 2013

Would this constitute "gay propaganda"? (Wikipedia)

On June 11 the Russian parliament passed a bill against “homosexual propaganda” that effectively outlaws gay rights rallies and bans informational or pro-gay rights material from publication in the media or on the Internet. Violators of the law will risk heavy fines and censorship and, in the case of a media outlet, risk being shut down. It had near unanimous support, passing in a 436-to-0 vote, with only one abstention.

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Plaudits and Criticism for Russia's Internet Censorship Law

BY Lisa Goldman | Wednesday, July 18 2012

Just a few days after Russia's Duma passed legislation that effectively gives the government sweeping powers to censor internet content, there have been some interesting reactions. The U.S. Senate is already considering legislation that puts Russia on notice about censoring sites that might interfere with American commercial interests. And a Russian NGO of 'concerned citizens' with suspicious connections to the Communications Ministry is monitoring the internet for sites that might be added to the blacklist. Read More