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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

Russian media toes the anti-EU line on Ukraine

Russian media toes the anti-EU line on Ukraine

The coverage of Ukrainian protests in the Russian media suggests a centralised anti-EU message and has provoked outrage in Kiev. Alastair Sloan reports

Will Olympians defy their protest ban and stand up for gay rights at Sochi?

Will Olympians defy their protest ban and stand up for gay rights at Sochi?

Athletes have used the Olympics to deliver political messages in the past, writes Milana Knezevic

Current issue: Mission creep — defending religious tolerance and free speech

Current issue: Mission creep — defending religious tolerance and free speech

The upcoming winter issue of Index on Censorship magazine includes a special report on religion and tolerance, with articles from around the world. Writers include the Bishop of Bradford, Salil Tripathi, Samira Ahmed and Kaya Genc. There’s an interview with Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti ahead of the opening of her new

A complete guide to who controls the Russian news media

A complete guide to who controls the Russian news media

Today's surprise announcement out of Russia: The Russian government was shuttering external-facing news agencies Ria Novosti and Voice of Russia. But inside Russia, a growing web of cross ownership colours the way Russians view their neighbours. Olga Khvostunova explains in her report for Interpreter Magazine