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Thu May 14, 2015, 02:46 PM

PayPal Blocks Donations for Report on Russian Actions in Ukraine

Washington
May 14, 2015

In response to PayPal's decision to block donations to produce print copies of an investigative report on Russian military involvement in Ukraine, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“One of the Russian government’s most effective tactics for stifling criticism of President Putin and the government’s human rights abuses is to accuse critics of conducting ‘political activities’ and claiming them to be improper or illegal,” said Susan Corke, director of Eurasia Programs. “It is disturbing, to say the least, that PayPal has supported those tactics by denying individuals the right to help pay for publishing ‘Putin. War,’ the work of murdered opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. PayPal should immediately lift this ban, to help, rather than hinder, press freedom in Russia.”

Background:

The “Putin. War” report was published online on May 12, 2015. The bulk of the research and writing was done by Nemtsov, who was murdered in February 2015. His colleagues, including journalists, economists, and activists, completed the independent report in his stead. On May 14, 2015, PayPal blocked incoming donations for print publication, asserting, “PayPal does not allow its system to be used to collect donations for the activities of political parties or for political goals in Russia.”

Russia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2015, Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2014, and received a democracy score of 6.29 on a scale of 1-7, with 7 being the worst possible score, in Nations in Transit 2014.

https://freedomhouse.org/article/paypal-blocks-donations-report-russian-actions-ukraine#.VVTtEpPCXIW

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Jefferson23 May 2015 OP
newthinking May 2015 #1
Jefferson23 May 2015 #2
doxyluv13 May 2015 #3
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OilemFirchen May 2015 #5

Response to Jefferson23 (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2015, 03:28 PM

1. More political slant. This report came from Radio Free Europe

In reality paypal has never allowed use for any politician or political cause in Russia. This has nothing to do with this book being singled out. But far be it from folks to expect nuance in these media outlets.

Paypal "does not provide the option of using its system to receive donations to political parties or causes in Russia."

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Response to newthinking (Reply #1)

Thu May 14, 2015, 03:35 PM

2. Political slant, no..just the fact paypal has made a bad decision given the reality of life in

Russia if you're part of the opposition, period. This murder was no small event, and paypal
should pay it forward.

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Response to Jefferson23 (Reply #2)

Thu May 14, 2015, 05:24 PM

3. Right Jefferson23..

All-powerful Putin diabolically created this Paypal policy years ago, just to prevent the publication of this report in 2015. He's so powerful, he can predict the future, and control the minds of Silicon Valley executives.



Plus, of course, no one has shown who killed this guy.

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Response to doxyluv13 (Reply #3)

Thu May 14, 2015, 06:49 PM

4. No one at Freedom House is claiming any such nonsense here, only you. n/t

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