Legal Case of the Week: Independent media outlet Readovka blocked

This week the independent media outlet Readovka was blocked by ruling of a Moscow court at the suit of State Duma deputy Dmitry Sablin, despite the fact that Readovka had complied with an earlier court ruling that it should remove material related to Sablin’s alleged ownership of a yacht.

Sources and other related news:

The Moscow Times, 30 August 2021: Russia has blocked the website of independent media outlet Readovka after it published an investigation into the alleged hidden wealth of a parliamentarian.

RFE/RL, 30 August 2021: Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) has warned Apple over what it called the U.S. technology giant’s “abuse of its dominant position” in the distribution of apps.

RFE/RL, 30 August 2021: An activist who publicly supports jailed opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s Smart Voting system says he was detained and pressed to disclose information on others by police in Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg.

The Guardian, 31 August 2021: The BBC’s Moscow correspondent has used her final dispatch before her expulsion from Russia by the Kremlin to warn that the country was “moving in reverse” when it came to free speech and press freedoms.

RFE/RL, 31 August 2021: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says the Russian state is “tightening its grip” on the Internet, “drastically” restricting freedom of the press and of expression ahead of next month’s parliamentary elections.

The Moscow Times, 2 September 2021: Russia said Thursday that Google and Apple’s refusal to remove jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s app ahead of elections could be seen as interference in the country’s domestic affairs.

The Moscow Times, 2 September 2021: Independent Russian news website The Bell said it was hacked after its newsletter subscribers received an email that urged them to boycott the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections. 

The Moscow Times, 3 September 2021: Russia has blocked access to six VPN services which authorities say allow access to illegal online content in violation of Russian law.

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