Monday, November 28, 2022

Moscow Dramatically Expands Military Subjects Russian Media Must Not Report or Discuss

 Paul Goble

            Staunton, Nov. 27 – It has always been illegal for Russian media to discuss military and security issues that the Kremlin considers classified, but as of December 1, the FSB will be issuing a list of 60 topics, none of which is classified as such but the publication of any information about will now invite legal sanctions.

            In the view of some, this list is so comprehensive that it will now be impossible for Russian media outlets to talk about the military-political situation at all except by repeating word for word what officials are saying (

            Among the proscribed subjects according to a posting on the government’s legal information page are the following: mobilization and training of military personnel, weaponry storage sites, civil and territorial defense, the space industry, information security, and weapons development programs.

            One can only hope that this latest step by the Russian powers that be will be compromised according to the longstanding principle that the severity of Russian laws is typically compromised by their lack of consistent implementation. 

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