Russia’s Independent Media Defies Kremlin Crackdown

From a Wall Street Journal story by Sam Schechner, Yuliva Chernova, and Keach Hagey headlined “Russia’s Independent Media, Battling for Survival, Defies Kremlin Crackdown”:

Minutes before a handful of Russian journalists were set to publish a joint interview in late March with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Russia’s telecommunications regulator sent out a warning.

“Refuse to publish this interview,” the regulator told the country’s media outlets, threatening to take action against those that did.

Ivan Kolpakov said he barely paused to consider the demand. Meduza, the independent news organization where Mr. Kolpakov is editor in chief, published the unabridged Russian-language interview to its website, as well as on AlphabetInc.’s YouTube, where it has reeled in more than 5.7 million views.