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From Eurovision to ice hockey — how do we engage with dubious regimes?

From Eurovision to ice hockey — how do we engage with dubious regimes?

Autocrats try to use international competitions to control the world’s view of them. We should beat them at their own games, writes Padraig Reidy

Five things we learned in a bad year for press freedom

Five things we learned in a bad year for press freedom

On the eve of World Press Freedom Day, we look back at some of the threats faced by journalists in the last 12 months

Liberalising internet governance: ICANN and the role of governments

Liberalising internet governance: ICANN and the role of governments

Reforms are on the cards for internet governance, but no one seems to be clear what exactly these will do to the way the web is used. Sentiments of doom and gloom mix with utopian forecasts of freedom, Binoy Kampmark writes

Russia’s attack on internet freedom: “There is a lot of room for making things worse”

Russia’s attack on internet freedom: “There is a lot of room for making things worse”

It’s been a bad week for the internet in Russia, with the founder of "Russian Facebook" claiming that Putin loyalists have total control of the site, and the Duma adopting controversial amendments targeting bloggers. Milana Knezevic writes

Putin’s Russia: Censoring anti-invasion sentiment

Putin’s Russia: Censoring anti-invasion sentiment

Censorship of anti-war sentiment in Russia now uses a mixture of state-sponsored media attacks, arms-length loyalists, crooked think tanks and legal strong-arming – but is it working? Alastair Sloan reports

Back to the USSR: Punitive psychiatric treatment returns to Russia

Back to the USSR: Punitive psychiatric treatment returns to Russia

Punitive psychiatric treatment is returning to Russia. This is a throw back to Soviet times, with opposition activists condemned by a kangaroo court to bogus psychiatric treatment courses, with no chance of release until a doctor says so, Alastair Sloan writes

Russia: RIA Novosti liquidated amid fears of “more refined” threat to the press

Russia: RIA Novosti liquidated amid fears of “more refined” threat to the press

The tightening of control over the Russian media is likely to continue, writes Valeria Costa-Kostritsky

Ukraine pages blocked on “Russian Facebook”

Ukraine pages blocked on “Russian Facebook”

Authorities have have banned 13 sites said to be promoting Ukrainian nationalist groups

Russia: Putin opponent Aleksei Navalny banned from the internet

Russia: Putin opponent Aleksei Navalny banned from the internet

The noted regime critic has been placed under house arrest

Four parts of Sochi 2014 the Russians didn’t want their citizens to see

Four parts of Sochi 2014 the Russians didn’t want their citizens to see

Some of the biggest talking points from the Winter Olympics were muted in the host country. Alastair Sloan reports

Drawing the Line: “promoting” same-sex relationships?

Drawing the Line: “promoting” same-sex relationships?

Homosexuality and LGBT rights have has been making headlines. Index hosted a Google Hangout to debate young people's views on same-sex relationships

Who are Putin’s Olympic guests?

Who are Putin’s Olympic guests?

Obama might be snubbing Sochi, but these lesser-known politicians should get their share of the spotlight