The Kremlin is notorious for global meddling online. But controlling cyberspace at home has been trickier.

Posted in: Censorship at 27/01/2020 21:25

On a stretch of Norway’s Arctic border known for its views of the Northern Lights is the small town of Kirkenes. Its population is under 4,000, and the local online newspaper has a staff of just two.

And it’s here that Russia is signaling what the future may hold: a wider reach in efforts to censor the Internet at home.

At issue is the Barents Observer, which publishes in English and Russian, and a story about an openly gay man who twice contemplated suicide but then changed his mind and is now speaking out to promote mental health. Russia’s state telecommunications regulator, Roskomnadzor, flagged the story for propagating suicide and blocked the entire Observer website in Russia last year.

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