incitement of hatred and insult to the religious feelings of believers.
The charges stemmed from a prank video by Sokolovsky, which he shared on social media, playing Pokémon GO on his i Phone in a Russian Orthodox Church in Ekaterinburg.
State-driven media outlets promote biased reporting and, at times, blatant misinformation on many issues of the day, especially concerning the situation in Ukraine.
In the last four years, and especially following the revolution in Ukraine in 2014 and the subsequent Russian military intervention in Ukraine, Russian authorities have stepped up measures aimed at bringing the internet under greater state control.
Crimean Tatars, an ethnic minority that is native to the Crimean peninsula and that has openly opposed Russia’s occupation, have been particular victims of the government’s crackdown.
This report documents the most recent cases of persecution of Crimean Tatar activists, their lawyers, and others who publicly and peacefully expressed criticism of Russia’s actions in Crimea.
In 2016, the authorities charged at least six people under this provision.
At this writing, five individuals were convicted and handed sentences ranging from a fine to two years’ imprisonment.
For the most part, post-2012 laws concerning internet content, data storage, and online activity are in their early stages of implementation, and the manner and scope in which they will be enforced remain unclear.Curbing free speech denies a voice to anyone dissatisfied with the ongoing economic crisis or even mildly critical of Russia’s foreign policy.crackdown on civil society, unleashed after the 2011-2012 mass protests and Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency in May 2012.Since then, Parliament has adopted numerous laws that limit or can be used to interfere with freedom of speech and information.Between 20, approximately 85 percent of convictions for “extremist expression” dealt with online expression, with punishments ranging from fines or community service to prison time.In the period between September 2015 and February 2017, the number of people who went to prison for extremist speech spiked from 54 to 94.While the first blogger’s sentence was severely disproportionate, the second was convicted of a crime and jailed simply for expressing his opinion.