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Russia: New Law Expands Government Control Online

Expand Protest against the RuNet (Russian Internet) isolation in Moscow on March 10, 2019. Protesters calling for the freedom of internet.  © 2019 Anatoly Zhdanov/Kommersant/Sipa USA (Moscow, October 31, 2019) – The Russian government will gain even greater control over freedom of speech and information online when the country’s “sovereign internet” law goes into effect on November 1, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. The law, adopted in April, obliges internet service providers to install special equipment that can track, filter, and reroute internet traffic. This equipment allows Russia’s…

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