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Russia: Web Censor Crackdown Ahead of April 2nd Anti-Corruption Protests

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Russian Web Censor Cracks Down Ahead of Next Anti-Corruption Protests, by Isaac Webb, Posted 31 March 2017 12:34 GMT     
Russia’s prosecutor general requested on Friday that Roskomnadzor, the state agency responsible for censoring media, block websites it said are inciting public disorder by inviting people to join a rally scheduled be held in central Moscow on Sunday.

In a written request, Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Grin asked Roskomnadzor to block five websites “calling for participation in mass (public) events on April 2, 2017 on Red Square in Moscow and in all other major cities of the Russian Federation.”

The request comes in the wake of the largest opposition demonstrations held in Russia since 2011-12, when protesters rallied against the results of the allegedly fraudulent 2011 parliamentary elections and President Vladimir Putin’s decision to run for a third term in 2012. Sixty thousand people gathered in cities across Russia last Sunday to protest state…

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