In the latest twist in the ongoing battle between Russia’s ruling elite and social media activists, Russia’s internet activist group, RIA Novosti, has made headlines with the announcement of the birth of a new ribbon blogger.
The blogger, who is not being named, was named the editor-in-chief of the group’s online magazine, a move that comes after a long, arduous and expensive process of selection, the group said in a statement.RIA Novasti’s announcement is the latest in a long line of moves by the Russian government to silence bloggers and social justice activists, including shutting down sites like Twitter and Facebook.
A similar decision to block the Russian social network VKontakte last year had a similar impact on a wide swath of Russian activists.
The group said the blogger’s birth was a “symbolic victory” over the countrys “fascists and the state”.
“This decision was a moment of victory over those who have threatened the existence of the country and the social network, and for all who have suffered under the dictatorship of the Russian state,” RIA said.
“It also signals a fundamental shift in the Russian internet landscape, which will pave the way for a new era of openness and a more open and independent internet,” it added.
Ria Novostizia was founded in 2005.
It is now the largest independent media outlet in Russia.
In February this year, the Russian authorities banned the Russian-language news site News of the World, a site that published gossip and information that is critical of the Kremlin.
In March this year Russian authorities shut down the online magazine Sputnik News and ordered its staff to leave the country, according to a statement from the group.
In August, the website Komsomolskaya Pravda was closed by the authorities after it published a number of articles critical of Putin and the Kremlin, including one that linked the Kremlin to the murder of a Kremlin critic, Yevgeny Bakhitov.
Russian media outlets have been targeted in the past.
Earlier this year Russia banned news site Yezhednevnyaya Gazeta for several months for publishing a story claiming to have found evidence of Russian involvement in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.