Freedom of Expression in Russia
As political constraints tighten on free expression in Russia, divergent views are increasing unwelcome on any platform. The years of President Vladimir Putin’s dominance have brought Kremlin control to virtually all media outlets and progressively to other cultural spaces and modes of expression, including social activism, scholarship, art, and theater. The result has been to populate the discourse with “approved’’ ideas and raise the stakes on dissent. PEN America works to aid and elevate Russian writers fighting limits on free discourse and open access to information, including by hosting independent novelists, poets, and journalists for public events and high-level briefings in the United States, building ties with U.S. literary, cultural, and human rights communities, and publishing a comprehensive report, Discourse in Danger: Attacks on Free Expression in Putin’s Russia.
The Closing of the Russian Mind?
From January 25–29, PEN America will host a delegation of prominent Russian writers and publishers who are braving the currents of authoritarianism under President Vladimir Putin to stand up… More
January Featured Cases: The Price of Free Expression in Russia
This month, we're highlighting the cases of three individuals, both Russian and non-Russian, who have suffered at the hands of the Russian authorities for simply exercising their right to… More
Relevant Research and Reports
Discourse in Danger: Attacks on Free Expression in Putin’s Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin has seized upon information as a key weapon in his fight to promote Russia’s resurgence in the world. With the mainstream press increasingly toeing the… More