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30 August 2018

Is Russian social media giant VKontakte sidestepping the GDPR? One user is trying to find out.

Advox

Russia's largest social network VKontakte is in hot water again for playing fast and loose with their users' privacy — this time allegedly violating the GDPR regulations.

9 August 2018

Russians are facing criminal prosecution for sharing memes online, thanks to anti-extremism laws

Advox

Repressive laws and cumbersome bureaucracy are putting hundreds of Russians behind bars for sharing memes online.

31 July 2018

Russian journalists killed in Central African Republic

Advox

Three Russian journalists were killed today in Central African Republic, at a checkpoint outside the country’s capital Bangui.

16 July 2018

World Cup out, pension reform protests in: Russia's economic woes take the front seat again

"Football is just a ball, a game. Pensions and taxes are our life. While you're playing with the ball, the thief is emptying your pockets… Keep playing the ball."

30 June 2018

The dark side of World Cup fun in Russia: Online mobs are bullying women getting ‘too friendly’ with foreigners

The World Cup euphoria will fade in a few weeks, but hard questions about women's rights in Russia are still lingering, it seems.

17 June 2018

Russians thrilled by World Cup's kick off, despite looming pension and tax reforms

With the effect of soft power on display for the rest of the world to see, how have Russians been reacting to the influx of large, eager crowds of foreigners?

11 June 2018

Russian journalist forced to resign for criticizing pro-Putin propaganda on Instagram

"We wish the Earth could live in peace, but if our commander in chief Beckons to fight the final battle, we are with you, Uncle Vova!"

31 May 2018

Ukrainian authorities stage journalist's murder, taking ‘fake news’ to the next level

"The lesson here is to distrust reports from Ukraine."

29 May 2018

‘We'll find you and hang you': Russian bloggers threatened for their efforts at doxxing pro-government Cossacks

Advox

"It all started with some attempts at hacking the Telegram bot, and then some pretty real threats started pouring in."

25 May 2018

Russian anti-corruption activists are jailed for ‘inciting riots’ based on their tweets and retweets

Advox

"...here goes another 'organizing a rally by retweet.' Looks like this time they’re just locking up everyone."

18 May 2018

In the fight against pro-Kremlin bots, tech companies are suspending regular users

Advox

Tech companies' one-size-fits-all approach to bot-hunting seems to have dragged a number of innocent victims in its nets.

9 May 2018

As Russia's government effort to ban Telegram falters, digital activists are pranking the censorship agency

Advox

Tech-savvy Russians are having fun at the censorship agency's expense while it's attempting to ban their favorite messenger.

7 May 2018

Moscow activists say telcos disrupted mobile coverage during protests, at order of police

Poor or disappearing network coverage during mass protest in Russia is not unprecedented, but now activists are saying the telecom companies are intentionally degrading the service quality on police's orders.

21 April 2018

Troll farm takes aim at American audiences in new web campaign

RIA FAN, a Russian news outlet with known connections to the Saint Petersburg "troll factory", announced its latest project: a website called USA Really, aimed at a U.S.-based audience.

16 April 2018

As Russian court announces Telegram ban, users stand defiant, amused… and worried

Advox

And as a year-long battle between Telegram and the Russian authorities ended with the decision to block the app, reaction to the announcement has been passionate and often derisive.

9 April 2018

Russian Newspaper Closes After Years of Tense, Often Violent Confrontation with Security Services

Advox

In an op-ed announcing the newspaper’s closure, the acting editor Yuri Grozmani said he had little hope for domestic prosecution of FSB officers complicit in the act of censorship

5 April 2018

Tracking Russian Online Interference Teaches Valuable Lessons on Improving News Quality

Years before scandal about Russian trolling erupted into global view, independent researchers had already documented the phenomenon.

28 March 2018

In the Wake of a Fatal Fire in Russia, Official Numbness and Online Trolling Stoke Outrage

The tragic Kemerovo incident exposed not only the Russian officials' numbness to grief and poor crisis management skills, but also the society's susceptibility to online trolling, both state-sponsored and external.

16 March 2018

Women Reporters Accuse a Prominent Russian Lawmaker of Sexual Harassment, but His Colleagues Stand by Him

At least three Russian women reporters have accused Leonid Slutsky, a populist parliament member, of sexual harassment. Most of his politician colleagues, even women, are rallying behind him.

1 March 2018

Russian Authorities Are Trying Really Hard to Boost Turnout in the Upcoming Election, Good Taste Be Damned

"There's no doubt about the importance they’re attaching to the turnout...The money poured into this campaign is being squandered, because these campaign ads are cooked up by amateurs, not professionals."

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