Press freedom advocates on Monday called on the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin to end media censorship after what\u0026#039;s being described as the country\u0026#039;s last independent newspaper said it was shutting down for the duration of the invasion of Ukraine.\r\n\r\n\u0022Russia\u0026#039;s draconian censorship tactics must stop.\u0022\r\n\r\nNovaya Gazeta—which is edited by 2021 Nobel peace co-laureate Dmitry Muratov—announced Monday that it would \u0022suspend publication... until the end of the special operation in Ukraine,\u0022 a reference to the Kremlin-approved description of Russia\u0026#039;s invasion of its southwestern neighbor.\r\n\r\nThe paper said that the move follows a second warning from Roskomnadzor, the government media regulator. A third warning could result in government-mandated closure. Russian state media cited Roskomnadzor\u0026#039;s allegation that Novaya Gazeta published material from a Kremlin-designated \u0022foreign agent\u0022 without disclosing the classification as required by law.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nGulnoza Said, the Committee to Protect Journalists\u0026#039; Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, said in a statement that \u0022in their attempt to quash all independent coverage of the war in Ukraine, Russian authorities have closed down or otherwise silenced independent media outlets, and have forced journalists to flee from prosecution.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0026nbsp;According to the independent Moscow Times—which is published in Amsterdam—at least 150 journalists have left Russia amid the Kremlin\u0026#039;s wartime crackdown on the free press.\r\n\r\n\u0022Novaya Gazeta has been one of the last bastions of Russia\u0026#039;s free press,\u0022 Said added. \u0022Russia\u0026#039;s draconian censorship tactics must stop. Now more than ever, it is critical that Russian news outlets be allowed to provide unbiased coverage. Novaya Gazeta must be allowed to operate freely.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAccording to The Washington Post:\r\n\r\n\r\nSince the invasion, Russian authorities have blocked dozens of Russian independent media outlets, including Dozhd television, whose journalists left Russia, and Echo of Moscow radio, disbanded by its board, which is controlled by state-owned gas company Gazprom...\r\n\r\nNovaya Gazeta\u0026#039;s continued reporting on the war until now, including dispatches from Ukraine about civilian casualties, carefully skirted the legal red line. But the coverage still apparently proved too much for Russian authorities, amid a state television propaganda blitz designed to unite the nation behind the war and to convince Russians that the war is a limited, just, and necessary operation to destroy \u0022Nazis\u0022 and protect Russia.\r\n\r\n\r\nNovaya Gazeta earned a reputation among Russian intellectuals, liberals, and opposition supporters for its hard-hitting reporting, which often drew the ire of authorities. Six of the paper\u0026#039;s journalists have been murdered this century.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAndrei Kolesnikov, a former Novaya Gazeta editor, called the paper\u0026#039;s temporary closure \u0022a huge loss for the giant internet audience and a catastrophe for those fans of the newspaper who read it on paper.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022It is the disappearance of the last independent publication that had not yet been blocked,\u0022 he told the Post.