Staunton, Mar. 22 – Protests against Putin’s war in Ukraine such as those which take the form of laying flowers at Ukraine-linked memorials in Russian cities seldom get any media attention either locally or at the center if there are no detentions -- but they are monitored and recorded by Moscow, according to an analysis of leaked Russian government data.
Roskomnadzor, the Russian government agency responsible for monitoring, controlling and censoring the media in that country, monitors all protests in the Russian Federation on all topics, protests that seldom get any attention in regional or all-Russian media unless there are detentions.
And that in turn means that the amount of popular anger about many topics and opposition to Putin’s war in Ukraine and the Kremlin’s awareness of both kinds of opposition is far greater than any surveys of the Russian media, central, regional or local, are in a position to suggest.
A leak of its data for 116 days during 2022 shows that regardless of the subject and the number of people involved, Moscow monitors and then evaluates all protests in the country. Two Important Stories journalists, Irina Dolinina and Polina Uzhvak, analyze this official monitoring (storage.googleapis.com/istories/stories/2023/03/22/protesty-v-rossii/index.html