Russia’s leading English-language independent media outlet said Russian authorities blocked its Russian-language website over critical coverage of the war in Ukraine.
The Moscow Times said on Friday that its Russian-language website had become unavailable to some users and cited a decision by the attorney general’s office to restrict access.
According to the outlet, authorities separately blocked a website page containing an article about 11 riot police who refused to fight in Ukraine. On Thursday, a journalist who first broke the story was jailed for spreading false information about the Russian military.
The Moscow Times said it received no official notification from the government.
Extract from the archives (March 2022): Russian independent radio station Ekho Moskvy was shut down by Putin’s regime for covering the attack in Ukraine
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The Kremlin sought to control the narrative of the war from the moment its troops arrived in Ukraine. He called the attack a ‘special military operation’ and increased pressure on independent Russian media which called it a ‘war’ or an ‘invasion’, blocking access to many news sites whose coverage deviated from the official line.
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