One of the things we've learned over the past few months is that the fight for open internet is being fought on many fronts and in many different countries.
Without question, the situation in Russia is absolutely about censorship, and is pivotal from a human rights perspective.
1) Wikipedia Russia was blacked out in july, to protest legislation that would increase government control over the Internet.
From the Guardian’s coverage:
The bill, due to be considered by parliament on Wednesday, “will lead to the creation of a Russian analogue to China’s Great Firewall” the website warned in a statement. The bill calls for the creation of a federal website “no” list and would have to be signed into law by Putin before coming into effect. Internet providers and site owners would be forced to shut down websites put on the list.
The bill’s backers, from Putin’s United Russia party, argue that the amendments to the country’s information legislation would target child pornography and sites that promote drug use and teen suicide. But critics, including Russian-language Wikipedia, warned that it could be used to boost government censorship over the internet.
The Russian justice ministry already maintains a register of more than 1,000 sites that have been deemed “extremist” and ordered to be shut down. The bill appears to realise opposition activists’ biggest fear – that a platform that has remained relatively free has become the target of Kremlin ire.