Slideshow: How Russian activists circumvent restrictions on protests

The independent press and organized protests in Russia have faced restrictions during the current administration of President Vladimir Putin. The intersection of these two issues was visible on the streets of St. Petersburg over the weekend when demonstrators came out to protest government propaganda about events in Ukraine and pressure on independent media, including a new law which allows federal prosecutors to shut down online media outlets without a court order.

When protests do not have permission from local authorities, its participants use a tactic known as “single protester pickets” to avoid arrest. Demonstrators, standing at least 160 feet apart, hold signs to express their opinion. Ekaterina Danilova took these photographs of an unsanctioned protest against censorship in Russia. Read and listen to her report.

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