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One of the last remaining independent media outlets in Russia, Mediazona, said it has been blocked by authorities for its reporting on Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Roskomnadzor began blocking Mediazona,” the outlet said in a statement, referring to Russia’s communications regulator.

“Because we cover honestly what is happening in Ukraine and call the invasion an invasion, and the war a war,” it said.

The statement added that Russia has in recent days introduced “military censorship and there are almost no independent media left in the country.”

The outlet’s publisher, Pyotr Verzilov, said they would “continue to work anyway and tell you about the war”.

Пётр Верзилов

Медиазона будет продолжать работать в любом случае и рассказывать вам о войне.

Заблокировать нас или остановить работу редакции не получится ни у кого.

March 6, 2022

Since president Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, authorities have ramped up an unprecedented crackdown on the already embattled media.

Earlier this week, Ekho Moskvy radio station and the Dozhd TV channel – two of Russia’s landmark liberal media outlets – were either dissolved or suspended operations.

Dozens of media workers and independent outlets – including Dozhd – have already been designated “foreign agents” by authorities, and many reporters and editors have been forced to leave the country.

The independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, whose editor-in-chief, Dmitry Muratov, was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2021, said it would not cover the conflict, citing new legislation on reporting on the military.

Mediazona is an independent online publication which writes about court cases and abuses of prisoners’ rights, among other subjects.

The outlet was founded in 2014 by Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina after they served prison time for mocking Putin in church.

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