The Kremlin has a new toolkit for shutting down independent news media

With parliamentary elections coming up in September, the Russian government is making operations difficult for independent media outlets – even those that don’t criticize the Kremlin, Bryn Rosenfeld, assistant professor of government, writes in an op-ed in the Washington Post.

“VTimes, an online Russian news site, shut down on June 12, Russia’s Independence Day, a month after the Kremlin designated its domain administrator a 'foreign agent,'” Rosenfeld and co-authors write in the piece. “The VTimes story reveals the many tactics Russia deploys to silence independent media.”

Read the story in the Washington Post.

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