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About Damir Gainutdinov

Damir Gainutdinov is a Candidate of Law, a co-founder of the Association of Internet Users and a legal analyst at the human-rights group, Agora. Since 2010, he has headed Agora's project on the defence of online freedom in Russia.

Articles by Damir Gainutdinov

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Russia’s Telegram ban is just the start of the battle over online anonymity

The ban on the popular social network and messaging app heralds a new era of pressure on online privacy, including for western internet companies. 

Russia’s new foreign agent legislation will further silence independent media

New legislation targeting foreign media operating in Russia has evoked parallels with the US. Here’s why they’re wrong. 

Russia’s surveillance state is giving us a false sense of security

The Russian state’s mass expansion of surveillance online and offline is not making citizens any safer. 

RuNet: the ‘Shit List’

In ten years, the number of active Russian internet users has leapt from 3% to 48% of the population, and counting. The government reacted by introducing a register of blacklisted sites. But some users are fighting back. на русском языке

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