Russia Update: Facebook Blocks Navalny Supporters’ Page, Encounters ‘Streisand Effect’ as News Spreads

December 20, 2014
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow on October 1, 2012. FB has been in talks with Moscow about compliance with a new law requiring Russian customer data to be held on servers on Russian soil. Photo via Zuckerberg on Facebook.

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies.

The previous issue is here, and see also our Russia This Week story The Kremlin’s Policy-Making on Ukraine is ‘A Mess’ and special features ‘Managed Spring’: How Moscow Parted Easily with the ‘Novorossiya’ Leaders, Putin ‘The Imperialist’ A Runner-Up For Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ and It’s Not Just Oil and Sanctions Killing Russia’s Economy, It’s Putin.

Evidently at the request of Russian censors, Facebook blocked a page calling for an action in support of indicted opposition leader Alexey Navalny from viewing by Russian users inside Russia. Navalny faces a possible sentence of 10 years in prison on fabricated charges when the verdict is due to be read January 15, 2014. The censorship only led to Russians making another group and the news spread.

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