Russia’s Efforts to Control the Flow of Information at Home Shows the Limits of Censorship in the Digital Age

As its war against Ukraine rages on, Russia is attempting to block, throttle, fine, and/or censor nearly all “Western” social media platforms, as well as other key information sources. These internet blocks and bans affect information going in and out of Russia, which theoretically prevents information about the conflict from reaching its citizens. Millions of Russians, however, especially of a younger generation, continue to access social media and therefore information that is not readily available at home, such as on legacy media like television networks owned or controlled by the government. 

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March 24, 2022