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Russian Elections Shadowed by Threats of Internet Blackout

Billboard encouraging participation in the presidential elections in Russia. "March 15-17, 2024. Russian presidential election. Your vote matters. Come to the election."
Billboard encouraging participation in the presidential elections in Russia. "March 15-17, 2024. Russian presidential election. Your vote matters. Come to the election."
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5:13 PM EDT, March 13, 2024

Independent Russian media outlets have raised alarms that the country could face internet blackouts. Meduza, a notable website, reports that special network access restrictions might be implemented on March 17, coinciding with the presidential elections in Russia.

The journalists at Meduza suggest that severing internet connections hinders the organization of protests against Putin. The presidential elections are scheduled from March 15-17. In response, the Russian opposition has planned a demonstration titled "at noon against Putin" for Sunday. The event seeks to demonstrate the extent of public opposition to the Kremlin's policies.

"The authorities might cut off the internet to isolate you from one another and the global community. Access to current information is crucial for preserving freedom and safety," Meduza's journalists emphasized.

The article highlights that the government has been experimenting with various methods to limit internet access for months. For instance, connectivity issues were reported during Alexei Navalny's funeral. On March 1, disruptions to mobile networks and internet services were experienced near the Borisovsky cemetery, where the funeral rites took place.

Navalny Associate Attacked

Leonid Volkov, a prominent figure among the opposition and an associate of Alexei Navalny, has also voiced support for the "noon against Putin" protest. Currently in Vilnius, Volkov was assaulted on Tuesday evening.

An assailant shattered his car window and attacked him with a meat tenderizer, leaving Volkov with a broken arm. He described the incident as a gangster-style "message from Putin."

Source: Polish Radio 24

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