To Reach Russian Audiences, Emigre Activists and Media Forced to Innovate

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The Moscow Times

Like many other independent Russian journalists, the staff of the St. Petersburg-based news website Bumaga relocated to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi last year to avoid censorship, fines or imprisonment amid their country’s wartime crackdown on the free press. Once the dust settled from their relocation, they faced a new challenge: Staying connected with their readers still inside Russia, who faced growing curbs on their online activity. To solve this quandary, Bumaga launched its own virtual private network (VPN) service, a newsletter, a dual-language media project about Georgia and a podca…

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