It turns out that a simple hyperlink is enough to trigger Russia's ban on ‘undesirable organizations’
Police are investigating the analytical “Sova” Center and its director Alexander Verkhovsky for violations of Russia’s law on “undesirable organizations.”
According to “Sova,” officials say it committed this misdemeanor offense by including in its website's “About Us” section hyperlinks to the Soros Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy (two organizations recognized by the Russian government as “undesirable”).
State prosecutors told “Sova” that the hyperlinks constitute the dissemination of illegal information. In a statement, “Sova” said it’s never hidden its donors, but agreed to remove the hyperlinks in this case. Despite this capitulation, however, prosecutors haven’t closed the administrative case against the analytical center and its director.