Poll-monitor group fined under new Russia law
Golos group, which monitors elections for violations, fined a total of $13,000 for not registering as a "foreign agent".
Governments' Attempts To Censor Google Have Doubled Since 2011
Governments, even democracies, are not always fans of transparency. According to Google’s brand new transparency report, “government attempts to censor content on Google services has grown”, doubling since the second half of 2012 (1,054 requests vs. 2,285). Brazil took the gold medal of the censorship olympics, with 697 requests, while the United States took 2nd place, with 321 requests. Google cites an aggressive anti-negative campaigning law for half of Brazil’s spike in censorship requests. Unlike America, Brazil attempts to clamp down on any campaigns that offend the “dignity” of candidates during an election. In the most extreme example, a Brazilian judge ordered the arrest of the head of Google’s Brazil operations and the complete shutdown of all of Google’s products unless it complied with an order to remove a YouTube video attacking a mayoral candidate. In typical corporate diplomacy speak, Google writes that it is ” appealing many of these cases, on the basis that ...
Europe: Russia: Dagestan Will Let Putin Choose Its Next Governor
Lawmakers in Russia’s Dagestan region voted Thursday to cancel popular elections for governor and allow President Vladimir V. Putin to choose its next leader.
Venezuela's PDVSA to Keep Funding Socialist Programs Under Maduro
Nicolas Maduro's win in Venezuela's presidential election means state oil company PDVSA will continue funding the government's socialist policies while increasingly relying on deals with China and Russia.
Russia Brings Charges Against Election Monitors
The action came after Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany publicly criticized the Putin government for its intimidation of nongovernmental organizations.