Episode 6: Putting ‘Barbed Wire’ On The Russian Internet
By 2012, Russia’s media status quo began to shift: The audience for independent aggregator Yandex News had exceeded that of state broadcaster Channel One. For the Kremlin, this spelled a direct challenge. And one that they did not intend to tolerate. As shutdowns and crackdowns on non-state-controlled news sites picked up, foreign investors began to pull out. Russian Internet pioneer Anton Nosik believes Runet today “is wrapped up in barbed wire. But, even so, some stalwart online content creators continue to persevere.
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