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.
Boycotts betray free enquiry, but Viktor Orbán’s moves against the Central European University at least make them worth debating, says Eric Heinze
Caroline Lees describes the work of the European Journalism Observatory, and what it is has observed.
Five Russian journalists and academics sit down with Free Speech Debate to discuss their experiences.
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.
Olga Shvarova explores how the Russian Orthodox Church’s interpretation of traditional moral values and spiritual security affects freedom of expression in Russia.
Yury Sorochkin describes the implications of the Russian government’s decision to ban Rutracker.org, the country’s most popular torrent tracker.
Helen Haft examines the case of a blogger prosecuted after an online argument and its implications for Russian free speech.
Evgeny Morozov highlights the dangers that can emerge when governments and corporations harness the internet to serve their own objectives.
Maksim Orlov analyses the Russian government’s attempts to substitute Russian for western internet services.
Monica Richter and Free Speech Debate colleagues examine RT’s coverage of the US protests in Ferguson and Baltimore – in four languages.
Peter Pomerantsev speaks to Declan Johnston about free speech in Russia and the role of Russian television.
A law banning swear words in the arts in Russia has come into effect in July 2014. Maryam Omidi discusses the implications.
Robert Coalson looks at how Russian television depicts everything from the crisis in Ukraine to the war in Syria.
For one taxi company in the Russian town of Kostroma, the answer turned out to be yes. Sergey Fadeev explains.
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.
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.
War der Anti-Putin-Auftritt der Punkband Pussy Riot in einer Moskauer Kathedrale „Vandalismus aus religiösem Hass” oder ein politischer Protest? Olga Shvarova erläutert den Fall.
Scott A Hale explores the effect of language in seeking and imparting information on the broader web.
Igor Sutyagin, the Russian nuclear researcher sentenced to 15 years for espionage, found himself at the centre of a spy-swap deal in 2010, writes Olga Shvarova.