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A man uses his mobile phone on Red Square in downtown Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Russia has announced that it is slowing down Twitter services due to its alleged failure to remove “illegal content”, but denied that the move also di(...)

A protest rally in Moscow against a court decision to block the Telegram messenger service because it violated Russian regulations, on Monday. Photograph: Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters

With less than a week to go until Vladimir Putin is sworn in for a fourth term as Russia’s leader, the Kremlin wants to avoid a repeat of the massive (...)

Telegram allows users to exchange messages, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000 people and has more than  200 million followers.  Photograph: EPA

A court in Moscow issued a ban on Telegram on Friday after the online messaging service refused to hand Russian secret services access to its users’ e(...)

Opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, who has been sharply critical of Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Mikhail Voskresensky/Reuters

Russia has blocked a Facebook page calling for a protest in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as the Kremlin tightens its control of the in(...)