A man holds an umbrella in Manezhnaya Square illuminated to mark the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Internet censorship in Russia soared last year as the government stepped up efforts to filter content online, a report by a rights group said Tuesday.Titled "The Triumph of Censorship," the report by Agora, a respected group of human rights lawyers, counted media reports and government statements about blocked web pages as well as prosecutions of people for what they posted online.One of the authors, rights lawyer Damir Gainutdinov, said he expects the degree of Internet censorship to intensify this year.Gainutdinov however said the government's goal was not to introduce a total Internet filter, which would be too expensive, but to make access to information too difficult.
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