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Type of site
News website
Available in Russian
Owner Pyotr Verzilov
Created by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova,
Maria Alyokhina
Editor Sergey Smirnov (main editor)
Commercial Yes
Registration None
Launched September 4, 2014; 8 years ago (2014-09-04)
Current status Active
Content license

MediaZona is a Russian website. Two girls from the Russian punk rock collective Pussy Riot (Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova) made it in 2014. Russian political journalist Sergey Smirnov is the main editor of the website.

MediaZona gives information on the judicial, law enforcement, and penal system in Russia. Since 2020 the site gives such news on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Belarus too.

MediaZona has a Russian media license, but Tolokonnikova said in 2016 that it could be taken away at any time.

On 30 January 2021, the main editor of Mediazona Sergey Smirnov was locked up by the police.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
Sergey Smirnov, October 2017
Sergey Smirnov, editor-in-chief, in 2017

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