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10 October 2019

‘I and we': The rallying cry of Russian protests

The Bridge

As the product of no particular political grouping or ideology, Я/Мы has become a relatively neutral rallying cry around which citizens of all political persuasions can unite.

16 September 2019

A professor's self-immolation puts the spotlight on the fragile future of Russia's minority languages

Many people discussing Razin's death seem bewildered that anyone would use minority languages in daily life, let alone die for them—an attitude by no means limited to Russia.

13 September 2019

Siberians appeal to world leaders via YouTube to save them from coal smoke

"This winter, the whole world saw our black snow. We were gasping for air because of coal dust. Why do we have to live in such intolerable conditions?"

12 September 2019

As Ukraine and Russia exchanged prisoners, the RuNet reacted

The return of Ukrainian political prisoners might be a win for president Zelensky. But the decision to hand a key witness to the MH17 tragedy to Russia attracted fierce criticism.

25 August 2019

Moscow’s revolution will be memed, online and on canvas

The Bridge

An anonymous RuNet user has a found a creative way to criticise recent police violence in Moscow: photoshopping riot police into dozens of famous Russian and foreign artworks.

24 August 2019

Videoblogging shaman walks to Moscow to ‘exorcise’ Putin

The 51-year old Yakut shaman calls his quest divinely ordained, insisting that Putin is a manifestation of dark forces which must be banished to save Russia from ruin.

2 August 2019

Russia's LGBTQ+ community reels after murder of activist Yelena Grigoryeva

Police say Yelena Grigoryeva died in the course of a “domestic dispute” with her killer, but activists dispute that account; her name had recently appeared on a homophobic hit-list.

31 July 2019

As Siberia burns, Russia chokes

While forest fires are no rarity in Siberia, climate scientists stated that this year’s fires spread particularly aggressively due to a combination of strong winds and the unusually hot summer.

18 July 2019

Outrage in Moscow after opposition candidates barred from local election

State-appointed “handwriting experts” stepped in and discovered palpably absurd reasons to invalidate hundreds of signatures collected in support of independent candidates.

16 July 2019

Kremlin's new law against ‘online disrespect’ proves hard to implement

Advox

The law allows courts to fine or jail people found guilty of making “insulting statements” towards the authorities online.

10 July 2019

Russia's north still up in arms over Moscow's trash exports

Resistance to a remote landfill has grown into a nationwide environmental protest movement.

5 July 2019

Russians quick to point fingers after deadly floods in Siberia

Thousands have lost their homes in the deluge, and some commentators aren’t taking ‘natural disaster’ as an answer.

13 June 2019

The Ivan Golunov phenomenon: a brief moment of solidarity and euphoria in Putin’s Russia

Advox

Many are calling for more action to punish law enforcement forces that fabricated the case.

11 June 2019

Arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov marks turning point in Russian society

Golunov's arrest has galvanized a rare show of support from all sides of the Russian political spectrum.

4 June 2019

Tinder now required to share user data with Russian authorities

Advox

The app is now legally required to store users' data for six months and provide it to the Russian authorities at their request.

27 May 2019

Russia: Kommersant staff walk out in protest of censorship, triggering journalism ethics debate

Advox

The entire politics desk of Kommersant, several dozen people in total, has since resigned out of solidarity with their colleagues.

13 May 2019

Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina: ‘Even in Russia, social media is still an effective method for uniting people’

Masha Alyokhina talks art, activism, and feminism in Russia -- and why a new cold war is coming.

7 May 2019

New Russian documentary brings the horrors of the Gulag to the YouTube generation

Despite the best efforts of Yuri Dud, alongside those of countless other civic activists, Russia will probably remain deeply conflicted over Stalin’s legacy many years from now.

4 May 2019

Too big to be anonymous? Russian journalists unmask a famous anti-Kremlin blogger, sparking ethical debate

Advox

StalinGulag’s posts are usually acerbic, profanity-laden critiques of Russia's political system, generating thousands of likes and retweets.