Russia Blocks Opposition Websites

Subtle, guys. On Thursday, Russia's central prosecutor's office announced it would not be allow access to a variety of independent websites, including a news site run by chess champion Garry Kasparov, for inciting "illegal activity." It also blocked a blog by activist Alexey Navalny, which is the nation's most popular anti-Putin destination. Also on Thursday, 39 employees of a large, independent news outlet quit when their owner fired the top editor.