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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

Russia’s Winter Olympics: A fake show of LGBT tolerance

Russia’s Winter Olympics: A fake show of LGBT tolerance

Drawing a screen around the realities of life for gay Russians, President Vladimir Putin and the organizers of the Sochi Winter Olympic games are presenting a decidedly friendly face to international visitors. Elena Vlasenko reports

Russian Olympic censorship combats Putin’s slipping domestic image

Russian Olympic censorship combats Putin’s slipping domestic image

Media will face increased restrictions in the build up to the Winter Games in Sochi as Russian president Vladimir Putin tries to rehabilitate a damaged domestic reputation, Hannah Cogan reports

Religion rules in Russia

Religion rules in Russia

From the magazine: Why does freedom of religion and belief continue to cause conflict in post-Soviet Russia? Alexander Verkhovsky looks at the new blasphemy act and its implications for freedom of expression

David Satter: US journalist expelled by Russia speaks to Index on Censorship

David Satter: US journalist expelled by Russia speaks to Index on Censorship

Radio Liberty adviser describes "Kafkaesque" intrigues behind his exclusion from Russia. Padraig Reidy reports