What the Russians can no longer see, no longer say, no longer do

A law now punishes any distribution with heavy jail terms” misinformation about the army “. Russians and residents of Russia now Up to 15 years in prison.

Between the blocking of Facebook and this new law passed on March 14, the Russian public has virtually no access to official conversations. According to Darren Linvill, Russian digital manipulation expert at American Clemson University, Moscow’s goal is above all “ control their own population “.

President Vladimir Putin therefore intends to impose his official narrative of the invasion of Ukraine, which is presented as a limited peacekeeping operation.

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Many publications and journalists tagged “foreign agent“, which makes them particularly subject cumbersome administrative procedures and litigation in the event of a violation, even a minor violation.

These amendments adopted by the Russian parliamentarians also penalties for Call for sanctions on Russia which faces harsh Western retaliation.

On the other hand, Russians risk arrest and conviction if they demonstrate on the streets they oppose the war in Ukraine. Witness the daily published figures of the NGO OVD-Info. It has been reported that 11 thousand people have been arrested in Russia since February 24. On Sunday, March 6, 2,500 demonstrators were arrested in about thirty cities.

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The Russian authorities also prohibited the media from using information other than official statements about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Them ban the use of the words “war” and “invasion”. The Kremlin presents the invasion of Ukraine as a “special operation” aimed at “protecting” Ukraine’s Russian-speaking populations from “genocide”.

Removed or restricted media

Russia’s media regulator ordered it blocked on Friday FacebookHe accuses the media (RT channel and Sputnik site) close to the government of blocking in Europe.

Russian regulator Roskomnadzor has also assured that it is starting to restrict access. excitementThat the Ukrainian government has successfully used with the West in its communications war with Moscow.

Independent internet television channel dojd announced the suspension of its activity and the symbolic radio station. Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) disintegration after their site was blocked.

Independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that Russian regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked the websites of several Russian media and newspapers:

Latest information site median zoneOne of the last independent voices in Russia said on Sunday that it was blocked by the authorities because of its coverage of the occupation in Ukraine. Mediazona is an online publication that covers court cases involving political activists, opposition protests, and prisoner abuse cases, among other things.

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Independent Russian site Medusa (based in Riga, Latvia) and Radio Free EuropeThe Russian branch of RFE/RL continues its programming but no longer broadcasts in Russia.

foreign media

Many foreign news channels refused to hide their news programs, seeing their distribution in Russia suspended. This is especially true on Saturday evening around 10 pm, TV5MONDE Europe.

This is also the case France Télévisions, Arte France, France 24, Deutsche Welle, BBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, TVEetc

The Russian authority had previously announced that German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) had restricted access to the BBC. Voice of America and other information sites.

Media that no longer covers the war in Ukraine

Independent Russian newspaper Novaya Newspaper2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner, he said let’s meethad to remove a lot of content“to avoid sanctions, but to want”Keep working “.

Russian economic news site Bell He also stated that on March 4, he decided to no longer watch the war in Ukraine in order to protect his journalists from criminal sanctions.

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circumvent and circumvent censorship

An initiative launched Monday by militant hacker group Anonymous consisted of warning the Russian population of the war in Ukraine using the “review” function at Russian restaurants listed on Google Maps. This trick didn’t work. On Friday, March 4, Google and Tripadvisor decided to block the posting of comments, photos, and videos on their platforms.

In response to the recent increase in posts about the war in Ukraine on Google Maps, we have implemented additional protections to monitor and ban content that violates our rules.‘, a spokesperson for Google told AFP.

The anonymous collective invites citizens to circumvent censorship in the war in Ukraine by posting announcements on Google Maps:

Some Russian users also take advantage of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt the connection between their device and the server they want to access. That’s why the service used can’t really see the country they’re connecting to. Paid VPNs that regularly change their IP addresses are usually the most efficient and manage to get through the cracks. Others are blocked by the government, but the use of this technology remains legal.

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The system provides unrestricted access to foreign or independent media or social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

At the start of the bombings in Ukraine, VPN demand in Russia rose 241% on February 25, peaking at 1076% on February 26 and 1906% on February 27, data released by Atlas VPN company on Tuesday.