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The Kremlin’s Internet Master Bears Down

A Eurasianet partner post from Coda

A previously obscure Russian oversight body has been turned into the government’s chief cyberspace censor.
 
It was impossible for the Russian media not to cover the hour-long rap battle between Oxxximiron and Gnoiny, two cutting-edge rappers carving out new avenues of street argot.
 
Within a day of being posted on August 13, a slickly-filmed video of the clash had already received more than eight million views on YouTube, with even state-run outlets like the RIA Novosti news agency giving it headline treatment.
 
So it was a shock for all the sites that had carried the video to be told by Russia’s media and communications watchdog just a week later that they had broken the law, and were being rapped in another way — with heavy fines.
 
Officials from Roskomnadzor, as the agency is known, said the video contained obscene language — officially outlawed in Russian media.
 

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Daria Litvinova is a Moscow-based journalist. @dashalitvinovv

A Eurasianet partner post from Coda

The Kremlin’s Internet Master Bears Down

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