Russian online media outlet

Mediazona is a Russian website. Two girls from the Russian punk rock collective Pussy Riot (Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova) made it in 2014.[1][2] Russian political journalist Sergey Smirnov is the main editor of the website.[3]

Type of site
News website
Available inRussian
OwnerPyotr Verzilov
Created byNadezhda Tolokonnikova,
Maria Alyokhina
EditorSergey Smirnov (main editor)
LaunchedSeptember 4, 2014; 9 years ago (2014-09-04)
Current statusActive
Content license

Mediazona gives information on the judicial, law enforcement, and penal system in Russia.[4][5][6] Since 2020 the site gives such news on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Belarus too.[3]

Mediazona has a Russian media license, but Tolokonnikova said in 2016 that it could be taken away at any time.[5]

The site of Mediazona can't be opened in Belarus.[7][8]

On 30 January 2021, the main editor of Mediazona Sergey Smirnov was locked up by the police.[9]

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


  1. "Pussy Riot Members Launch Independent Russian News Service – SPIN". 5 September 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  2. "Russian police detain Pussy Riot sympathizers in cathedral". Reuters. February 21, 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Barcella, Laura. "Two Pussy Riot Members Start a News Service". Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  4. "What Life Is Like in a Prison Camp in the Donetsk People's Republic – VICE – United States". 20 July 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Pussy Riot founder sets sites on Russian media". 9 May 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2016 – via Reuters.
  6. Sologub, Nikita (9 March 2015). "Under suspicion: death in a Siberian cell". Retrieved 22 November 2016 – via The Guardian.
  7. Штейн, Евгения (2020-08-29). "В Беларуси заблокировали «Нашу Нiву» и, журналистов иностранных СМИ лишают аккредитации" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2020-09-29. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  8. "В Белоруссии заблокировали несколько десятков информационных сайтов. Среди них — "Радио Свобода" и "Медиазона"" [Several Dozen of Independent Media Websites Blocked in Belarus, Including Radio Freedom and Mediazone] (in Russian). Meduza. 2020-08-22. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  9. "В Москве задержали главреда «Медиазоны»". 30 January 2021.

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