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5 October 2015

Belarusians Protest Against Russian Military Bases Inside Their Borders

With a 500-strong rally in the capital Minsk and more action on social media, Belarusians spoke out against the planned Russian military aviation base on Belarusian soil.

4 October 2015

A Letter to the Rulers of Russia, From Oleg Kashin

On October 3, Oleg Kashin published an open letter addressed to Putin and Medvedev, where he discusses his case and the significance its abandonment has for Russia as a nation.

3 October 2015

The Return of the Russian Government's Wikipedia Meddling

A week ahead of what would be the start of Russian airstrikes against targets inside Syria, @RuGovEdits again started tracking regular activity on Wikipedia by people using Russian government IPs.

1 October 2015

New Leak Details Kremlin’s Plans For a Russian ‘National Internet’

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The leak by Anonymous International reveals plans for the concept of a “national information platform” in Russia, which effectively describes the creation of an alternative Russian Internet.

29 September 2015

When Online Kremlin Propaganda Leaves the Web, It Looks Like This

"Material Evidence" is one of few pro-Putin Internet projects connected to Russia's "troll factories" with a significant offline trail. Because of this, we can trace its operations unusually well.

25 September 2015

This Is What Happened When A Pregnant Dog Was Buried Alive in Voronezh

When local authorities failed to respond to requests for help, several tenants decided to take matters into their own hands, pulling up the bricks and digging out the trapped animal.

22 September 2015

It Gets Worse for Russia's Most-Prominent LGBT Youth Support Group

Global Voices Advocacy

Authorities have ordered the country's most popular social network to ban Children-404, along with four other LGBT groups, or risk being blocked altogether by Russian Internet providers.

21 September 2015

New Mobile App Helps Belarusians to Keep an Eye on Violations in Presidential Election

The creators of "Vochy" hope the mobile app helps broaden Belarusian citizens' knowledge of their voter rights and provides an opportunity to quickly report election violations to independent observers.

18 September 2015

Russia's Favorite Beer-Eating Patriot Has Now Burned, Eaten, and Stomped on 20,000 ‘Dollars’

This week, Baretsky burned up, chewed up, stomped on, and then sprayed with beer a stack of dollars and euros. He said it was about $20,000—his supposed life savings.

17 September 2015

Truth Is Not a Crime: Ukraine Honors Fallen Journalist Gongadze

15 years after the murder of Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze, those who ordered his killing have still not been found by the investigators.

16 September 2015

Russian Court Fines Google for ‘Reading Private Correspondence’ on Gmail

Global Voices Advocacy

A Yekaterinburg academic has convinced Moscow city court to fine Google 50 thousand rubles ($765) for violating his "secrecy of correspondence" on Gmail with its targeted ads.

This Is How Chechnya Deals With ISIS Recruiters

Kadyrov's video features Chechen men caught recruiting for ISIS on social networks, and the elderly people shouting at them are their relatives and local community leaders.

11 September 2015

Russia Bans Footage of Opposition Leader's Fiery Courtroom Speech

Global Voices Advocacy

Russian censors have banned a series of political videos on YouTube featuring calls to anti-Putin activism. Notably, officials have banned clips from opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s courtroom closing statement.

10 September 2015

Apple Caves To Data Localization Demands, Rents Out Space in Russian Data Center

Apple has decided to comply with the Russian data localization law and is renting out storage space at a data center on Russian soil, according to local media.

8 September 2015

Young Stalinist Defaces New Monument to ‘Traitor’ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

A young Stalinist living in Vladivostok has defaced a new statue of Nobel-prize-winning writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, hanging a sign reading “JUDAS” around Solzhenitsyn’s neck.

Russian Activists Fight Municipal Corruption with ‘Mortal Kombat’-Style Website

Russian anti-corruption activists are pitching battles in courts and online against corrupt municipal officials, 'Mortal Kombat'-style.

7 September 2015

Grand Theft Auto and More: The Grim Reality of Life in ‘Donetsk People's Republic’

Documents leaked this summer by 'Anonymous International' depict a living hell for civilians in the separatist-controlled territories of eastern Ukraine.

6 September 2015

Sharing This Oscar-Winning ‘Donald Duck’ Cartoon Is Illegal in Russia

Two men found out the hard way that it is illegal in Russia to share this Oscar-winning anti-fascist Disney cartoon from 1942, "Der Fuehrer’s Face."

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