Russia blocks website of OVD-Info protest-monitoring group




MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s communication watchdog has blocked the website of the OVD-Info protest-monitoring group, which has for years documented anti-Kremlin protests, following a court ruling, Interfax news agency reported on Saturday.

The news agency said the ruling on restricting access to the ovdinfo.org cite was issued by a court in the Moscow region on Dec. 20. The website currently shows a message saying access to it is restricted on the basis of a federal law on information, information technologies and data protection.

Russia declared the OVD-Info group a “foreign agent” in September, in a move that critics say is designed to stifle dissent.

Moscow has recently labelled several outlets “foreign agents”, a legal designation used for what authorities say are foreign-funded organisations engaged in political activity.

OVD-Info did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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