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The Kremlin Tries to Stifle Radio Free Europe — and Its Audience Surges

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In the first three weeks after Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, page views from Russia to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty sites skyrocketed to 26 million, more than 50 percent more than an earlier corresponding period. Video views from Russia to their YouTube channels more than tripled to 237 million. And this happened despite sites being blocked within Russia.

Many listeners and viewers are getting around Russia’s media barricades through the use of VPNs (virtual private networks) and “mirror sites” that duplicate content but use a different URL.

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