‘They Want to Block Our Future’: Thousands Protest Russia’s Internet Censorship

A demonstration in Moscow against the Russian government’s effort to block the messaging app Telegram quickly morphed on Monday into a protest against President Vladimir V. Putin, with thousands of participants chanting against the Kremlin’s increasingly restrictive bent.

The key demand of the rally, with the hashtag #DigitalResistance, was that the Russian internet remain free from government censorship.

“Do you believe that Putin knows about blocking Telegram?” one speaker, Sergei Smirnov, editor in chief of Mediazona, an online news service, asked the crowd. “Is he to blame for blocking Telegram?”

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