Thursday 24 October 2019
22 October 2019
How YouTube Gave Russia A Voice
YouTube has grown to be the most popular website on the Russian Internet, but the Kremlin wants to take steps to limit its influence. Government critics are using the platform to voice their political opinions and can reach audiences on a scale similar to government-controlled TV stations. Yet the question remains: Will the authorities actually be able to hold back this online wave of opinion? The final episode of Andrey Loshаk’s InterNYET series looks at the YouTube phenomenon in Russia.
19 October 2019
Policing the Russian Internet: 'Everyone Will Take The Chinese Model'
The Ukraine crisis coincided with a Russian crackdown on independent online media. New laws since then have brought new restrictions, and the Internet adviser to President Vladimir Putin tells Current Time that China is the model for further online regulation. This story is part of a documentary series, InterNYET, by Current Time that explores the history of the Russian web.
14 October 2019
Russian Lawyer Who Defended Detainees Fined For 'Attack' On Police
A Russian lawyer and human rights activist has been found guilty of attacking police and fined 30,000 rubles ($468) by a Krasnodar court in connection with his detention while he was trying to provide legal advice to protesters being taken into police custody at an anti-government rally a year ago.
10 October 2019
Azerbaijan: Opposition Allowed Protest Outside City Government, But Denied Stadium
Denied permission to rally at a downtown stadium, the Azerbaijani opposition received it to stage an October 8 protest in one of Baku’s most sensitive locations – directly in front of city hall, a few blocks away from the presidential administration building.
04 October 2019
Russia's Path From LiveJournal Boom To Internet Crackdown
LiveJournal was founded in Seattle, but became the go-to platform for Russian activists. Then the Kremlin hit back, heralding a wider crackdown on Internet freedom. This story is part of Current Time's documentary series InterNYET: A History Of The Russian Internet.
03 October 2019
“We’re Not Scared Of Anything:” Russia’s Protesters Vow To Fight On
Following an eventful summer, full of election protests and arrests, thousands of Russians took to the streets in Moscow again on September 29; this time, to call for the release of 13 men arrested as part of the so-called Moscow Case, an investigation into alleged “mass disorder” during an unauthorized July 27 rally for equitable candidate registration. With Russia's local elections now over, how much staying power do demonstrations for political transparency still have?
01 October 2019
Interview: Ex-Protest Prisoner Pavel Ustinov Has No Plans To Stay At Home
His case has become arguably one of the best known among the dozens of prisoners arrested on criminal charges during Moscow’s chaotic summer of election protests. Now freed from prison, Pavel Ustinov, a 23-year-old Russian actor, told Current Time that he intends to take to the streets to rally for the freedom of other protest prisoners.
20 September 2019
Jailed Actor Ustinov Granted Bail By Moscow Court As He Appeals Conviction
Pavel Ustinov has been released from detention hours after a Moscow judge took the rare move of accepting a request by prosecutors to allow the actor his freedom while appealing a conviction for violence against police during a protest rally last month he insists he did not participate in.
20 September 2019
Face To The City: How Moscow’s Surveillance System Works
As this summer's protests showed, Moscow's camera surveillance systems are becoming more sophisticated and more widespread. They're now known as an "all-seeing eye." What these cameras could mean for ordinary citizens’ civil rights concerns many.