Arseny Bobrovksy of the parody account Kermlin Russia, talks to Helen Haft about self-censorship in Russia.
Helen Haft explains how the Orthodox Church has eroded freedom of the media and lobbied for the 2013 law against offending religious feelings.
Nobel Prize Laureate Svetlana Alexievich talks to Free Speech Debate about her career, which has chronicled the lives of ordinary people after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Peter Pomerantsev speaks to Declan Johnston about free speech in Russia and the role of Russian television.
Robert Coalson looks at how Russian television depicts everything from the crisis in Ukraine to the war in Syria.
Famous Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner says he thinks Russia really has no concept of free speech. Oh, but there’s one place where you do have complete freedom of expression.
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern has been an outspoken defender of whistleblowers and alternative media sources.
The Russian parliament’s vote in support of a declaration against acts offending religious sentiments is symptomatic of worrying trends, write Olga Shvarova and Dominic Burbidge.
Russian social network VK launched six years ago and has since attracted 122 million users. But as Olga Shvarova explains, political and copyright crackdowns are limiting the free flow of information and ideas its users once enjoyed.
Olga Shvarova argues that Russian officials used the Orthodox Church as a political pawn to reinforce their own power during the Pussy Riot trial.
Was punk band Pussy Riot’s anti-Putin performance in a Moscow church ‘religious hatred hooliganism’ or an artistic form of political dissent? Olga Shvarova considers the case.