Russia reportedly blocks blogs of terrorism analysts

Russia is reportedly blocking blogs that provide independent analysis of jihadi activities. On Monday the Belgian historian, researcher and writer Pieter Van Ostaeyen said his blog, which tracks Islamic State among other extremist groups, had been blocked in Russia. He told (U.S.-funded) Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) that this followed his embedding of an IS video. RFE/RL reported that various other sites by Western analysts covering the same subject matter had met the same fate, and that Russia had even temporarily blocked the video site Vimeo due to the posting of an IS video. Russia recently started cracking down on websites that make “extremist calls” – a policy that the U.K. seems keen to emulate.