MOSCOW -- Russian riot police and Interior Ministry troops have detained dozens of demonstrators after thousands of Muscovites took to the streets to protest the conviction and jailing earlier in the day of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny.
When VKontakte.ru briefly appeared on a government blacklist of banned websites last week, it raised eyebrows.
Russia's leading social network isn’t just a place where friends connect, make plans, and share experiences. It’s also one of the main platforms the opposition has used to organize its activities across the country’s far-flung regions.
Firuza Mirkhamidova was visiting family in her native Tashkent in October when she received an unexpected phone call. Her husband, Abdulvosi Latipov, had unexpectedly been released from jail in Volgograd, where they lived.