19-Year-Old Film Student in Russia Facing 5 Years in Prison for Memes Mocking Religion

19-Year-Old Film Student in Russia Facing 5 Years in Prison for Memes Mocking Religion

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Vladislav Lobanov
…Russian authorities have registered 762 “extremist crimes” so far this year, many of them consisting of social media posts. In some cases, the authorities make little effort to conceal that they are using the country’s broad and vague anti-extremism legislation to silence free expression.
…Not everyone in government agrees with this crackdown; the Ministry of Communications recently supported a proposed law change to eliminate criminal liability for reposting content online. But with arrests on the rise, it’s clear free speech online is under threat.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/21/online-jokes-are-no-laughing-matter-russia


Russian authorities have registered 762 “extremist crimes” so far this year, many of them consisting of social media posts. In some cases, the authorities make little effort to conceal that they are using the country’s broad and vague anti-extremism legislation to silence free expression.

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