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Russia Update: July 20, 2015
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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Roskomnadzor, the Russian state media monitoring agency that serves as a censor, issued a written warning to the editors and founder of Novaya Gazeta, Meduza.io reported, citing the notice on Roskomnadzor's web site.

The article in question is titled "Japanese Omor Fighters or Life on the Shoreline." The omor is a kind of Japanese pocket knife. The article contained swear words, which are not allowed in the media under the Russian press law.

The article is an excerpt from a book by the Vladivostok journalist and writer Vasily Avchenko titled Crystal in a Transparent Setting published this year and shortlisted for the "National Best-seller" award.

The editors are aware of the law, which is why the printed the article with dots for most of the letters of the words used. Meduza.io said that judging from a cached version of the removed article, the editors had not made any changes to the text.

As we reported at the time, the last warning Novaya Gazeta got was last year for an article by Yuliya Latynina titled "If We Are Not the West, Who Are We?" which authorities found critical of the Russian people. Novaya Gazeta tried unsuccessfully to challenge the state's claim in court.

Under the law, after two warnings from the censor within a year, a publication may face closure.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick