The legislative elections held in Russia on 18 September 2016 have accelerated the authorities' efforts to reinforce internet control and censorship.

On 7 July, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed into law a package of some of the most repressive legislation in post-Soviet history, the so-called Yarovaya Law (from the name of Irina Yarovaya, a United Russia member of parliament and the driving force behind the harsh law that criminalises all dissidence).

Approved by the State Duma (Rus...

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