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Russia asks Twitter to Block 12 “Extremist” Accounts

WASHINGTON — Russia asked the social media platform Twitter to block at least twelve accounts that it says are “extremist.”

twitter [1]Reuters reported [2] that Alexander Zharov, the head of the communications watchdog for Russia Roskomnadzor, spoke with Twitter’s head of global public policy Colin Crowell.

The accounts that Russia requested to block were not announced or revealed, but could be ones related to active dissident Alexei Navalny or other Ukrainian dissident groups. Navalny was imprisoned briefly [3] for charges of corruption, but was freed after international pressure.

Even former chess champion Gary Kasparov could be targeted for being a voice of opposition to the Vladimir Putin-led government in Moscow.