Russia Is Threatening To Block The BBC's Website Because It Interviewed An "Extremist"
Russia's media regulator this week said it would consider blocking access to the BBC's Russian website over an interview with a dissident activist.
The BBC, caught up in the cultural cold war between Moscow and the West, has been warned that its Russian language site could be blocked.
The audio interview was first broadcast on 31 July on the BBSeva programme.
On its website, BBC Russia then added more context about Loskutov, including a quote from one of his blog posts where he described the march as "part parody, part provocation, but also, partly, a real attempt to gain autonomy".
You can still download the programme (which, obviously, is in Russian).
We have no plans to remove this interview from our website. Mr Loskutov is an artist and activist known for organising events which are, at first sight, parodies of political activity, but which also bring out serious issues about life in Russia. Mr Loskutov's views represent his personal position. The BBC aims to present all sides of a story in an impartial, unbiased way, and we have also requested an interview with a Russian government official to explain their position on the planned march. Our editorial decisions are guided by the BBC's Editorial Guidelines and the story in question is in full compliance with the requirements set out by this document.
The Roscomnadzor has blocked and given warnings to several websites in recent months, but still activists find a way around the blocks.
BBC Russia is run by the World Service which was until April funded by the UK Foreign Office but its £245 million budget is now funded by the TV licence fee.
A committee of MPs in March raised concerns over the service's future, given the inevitable scale of cuts to BBC services and an uncertain fate for the licence fee.