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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

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

Is this America’s own Pussy Riot trial?

Is this America’s own Pussy Riot trial?

US climate activist Reverend Billy faces one year in jail for bank protest. Padraig Reidy reports

Hooliganism, the dictator’s catch all crime

Hooliganism, the dictator’s catch all crime

Former Soviet countries use the vague charge to crack down on protest and dissent, Padraig Reidy writes

Putin promises discrimination free Olympics – should you believe him?

Putin promises discrimination free Olympics – should you believe him?

Here are a few cases that show just how empty Putin's promises are

Pussy Riot versus Darth Vader

Pussy Riot versus Darth Vader

The feminist punk collective has released a new song and video. Padraig Reidy reports

Religious youth group creates ‘Kill Pussy Riot’ game

Religious youth group creates ‘Kill Pussy Riot’ game

A Russian Orthodox has launched a video game in which players attack members of punk feminist group Pussy Riot with a crucifix

Pussy Riot in London: “We are now in a fight. When the world is less sexist, then we will celebrate”

Pussy Riot in London: “We are now in a fight. When the world is less sexist, then we will celebrate”

Index's Padraig Reidy speaks to two members of the Russian feminist punk group on a secret trip to the UK

What’s Russia blocking on the web?

What’s Russia blocking on the web?

April saw a bizarre variety of sites blocked by the Russian authorities or internet service providers – among them Pussy Riot videos, Wikipedia, the Yandex search engine, and sites promoting bribery and corruption. Compiled by Andrei Soldatov

Self-censorship’s chill on artistic freedom in Russia

Self-censorship’s chill on artistic freedom in Russia

Self-censorship has poisoned Russian media, art and other spheres. In the past few years, criminal prosecution of artists and new laws have made it clear for those who criticise the Kremlin or Russian Orthodox Church in their creative work, will face consequences for portraying either of these institutions negatively. Just

Global view

Global view

Index CEO Kirsty Hughes looks at the current climate for free speech around the world, from press regulation in the UK to ongoing challenges to digital freedom

Russia: British artists investigated for extremism and blasphemy

An exhibition by British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman is being investigated by St Petersburg prosecutors after visitors complained that it was “blasphemous” and “extremist”. The exhibition, at the world-famous Hermitage museum, features a crucified Ronald McDonald as well as the duo’s trademark Nazi figurines. The museum’s director Mikhail Piotrovsky

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