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News site founded by Pussy Riot activists blocked in Russia — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union


MediaZona says it was blocked because it ‘honestly covers what’s happening in Ukraine’

MediaZona, founded in 2014 by members of the anarchist punk band Pussy Riot, has been blocked by Russian authorities. This is the latest in a growing crackdown on liberal media since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.

On Sunday, the portal issued a statement saying that media watchdog Roskomnadzor had asked it to take down the entire website following an order from the attorney general’s office.

Zona.media is located in the watchdog’s Restricted Internet Resources registry.

According to the statement from the attorney general’s office, quoted by MediaZona, the outlet was disciplined for posting “deliberately false socially significant information that poses a threat of harmto the life or health of citizens and risks themassive disruption of public order” and “public safety.

The Attorney General’s office specifically pointed to information about what it called the “alleged Russian attack on the territory of Ukraine“, according to MediaZona.

According to the authorities, the information on the site does not correspond to “official sources» and therefore creates «panic among people» and creates «preconditions for massive violations of public order and public security.

We are forbidden to call war a war and talk about it honestly,,” MediaZona said in response to the order.


The site, which was designated as a “foreign agent” last year along with its editor, Sergey Smirnov, and publisher Piotr Verzilov, has pledged to continue operating.

The Attorney General’s office also recently ordered Roskomnadzor to restrict access to Echo Moscow radio and TV Rain, also citing coverage of the Ukraine crisis.

As a result, Echo of Moscow was shut down and TV Rain suspended its work.

Roskomnadzor also limited access to Radio Svoboda (Radio Liberty), Radio Svoboda (Radio Liberty), Deutsche Welle and the BBC, and blocked the Meduza news site.

Russian lawmakers have also approved legislation that could see people jailed for 15 years if found guilty of peddling false information about military actions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that military action in Ukraine is necessary to “demilitarizethe country, to protect the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk and to defend Russian national security as part of NATO’s eastward expansion. The West responded to the attack by imposing severe sanctions on Moscow.

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