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22 September 2016

The Russian Political Prisoner's Cookbook

You lose a lot when you're locked up in prison, but one thing you gain is time to hone your talents. Russian political prisoners are certainly familiar with this experience.

21 September 2016

Life in Russia After Porn

A week after Russian censors banned two of the most popular pornography websites around, ordinary Web users are firing back with an online flashmob that mixes satire and protest.

19 September 2016

He Supported Bombing Syria a Little Too Eagerly, Now RuNet Pioneer Faces Prison

Anton Nossik faces two years in a penal colony for saying that Syria should be "Wiped from the Face of the Earth."

16 September 2016

That Time Russia Banned Online Porn (Again)

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The two pornographic metropolises of the Internet, PornHub and YouPorn, were banned in Russia this week. ISPs are required to comply with the ban within 24 hours.

15 September 2016

After Months of Protest, Russian Coal Miners Finally Get Paychecks

It took a months-long protest and a hunger strike, but miners in Russia’s Rostov region are finally getting paid.

14 September 2016

Ukrainian Ministry of Information Policy Thanks Facebook Bots for Their Hard Work

The Facebook bot war between Ukraine and Russia rages on. Will the Russian government find a way to crack down on spammers?

Vladimir Putin and the Fake Brides of Red Square

Last holiday weekend, Moscow wasn't the only thing being celebrated: part of the spectacle appears to have been arranged to remind Russians that their president is a virile, red-blooded man.

9 September 2016

She Says Uterine Cells Can ‘Remember.’ Meet Russia's New Children's Rights Commissioner.

Russia's new children’s rights commissioner believes in "Telegony," a pseudo-scientific theory holding that children can inherit traits from a mother's previous sexual partners.

8 September 2016

Russia's Pokemon-Go-Playing Atheist Outlaw Has Some Powerful Enemies

Out of respect for the blogger, the church says it won't “force Christian forgiveness” or “Christian love,” explaining that he hasn't asked for the former and rejects the latter.

6 September 2016

A Man in Crimea Self-Immolated to Save His Wife’s Cafe From Officials, Who Razed It Anyway

Late last week, 75-year-old Yalta pensioner Alexander Strekalin poured acetone down his back, lit himself on fire, and collapsed near Primorsky Beach. Days later, he died from his wounds.

30 August 2016

The ‘Russian Quora’ Branches Out

The question-and-answer Russian website “TheQuestion” reportedly completed a second investment round this summer, securing $500,000, and is opening new offices in Berlin and London.

25 August 2016

Twenty Years of Russian Political Campaign Ads

RuNet Echo looks back at the most memorable political advertisements in Russia over the past two decades, highlighting some of the strangest, silliest, and scariest videos put out by politicians.

23 August 2016

Put Down the Marvel and DC, Kids: Russia Just Bought You a Patriotic Comic Book.

The three “primary goals” of the comic book are creating alternatives to foreign superheroes, incentivizing teenagers to become active in sports, and raising basic levels of knowledge about military service.

16 August 2016

Russia's Parliamentary Race Gets Another Erotic Tabloid Scoop

Baronova has refused to comment publicly about the leaked pictures, but she did say she'll be happy to “take up the discussion about her chest” after the elections are over.

15 August 2016

Online Petition Against Russia's Draconian Anti-Terror Laws Tops 100K Signatures

Those who signed the online petition expressed solidarity with Russian ISPs and mobile providers who say the Yarovaya laws will hurt both the Internet industry and the RuNet users.

13 August 2016

Astronomy May Have Just Debunked Russia's Claims About a Ukrainian Incursion Into Crimea

Russian state television may have broadcast false evidence released by the Federal Security Service allegedly showing the discovery of a weapons cache belonging to Ukrainian “saboteurs” caught in Crimea.

11 August 2016

Russian Officials in Crimea Shut Off the Internet at the Ukrainian Border

“This was to ensure that certain special forces... so there would be no infiltration... For security reasons, these measures were necessary, and people understand why.”

10 August 2016

Today Moscow Accused Ukraine of Sending Terrorists Into Crimea. Russian Internet Users Have Been Saying It for Days.

Russian officials waited almost three days before going public with the story. There were earlier unconfirmed reports, however, including an apparent all-points bulletin issued by the Russian Interior Ministry.

2 August 2016

Here's Why Russian Facebook Users Love Donald Trump

Politically engaged Russian social media users are making their opinions on Donald Trump known. Mostly, they seem to be quite taken with the man—for some very different reasons.

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